Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford (1676-1745) Prime Minister

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Downing Street

  • About the artist
    Jean Baptiste van Loo was born in Aix-en-Provence to a family of Flemish painters. He worked in the south of France until 1714, when he travelled to northern Italy and Rome, and settled in Paris in 1720. While in Paris, he established himself as a portrait painter in the circle of the Regent, Philippe d'Orléans, and also painted a portrait of Louis XV. In 1731, he became a member of the Académie Royale. In 1737, van Loo moved to England, where he was patronised by Prime Minister Robert Walpole. In 1742, after a year’s ill-health, van Loo returned to Aix and his later life was divided between Paris and Aix. Today, his works are in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Louvre, Paris; and the Hermitage, St. Petersburg.

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    Walpole, Robert, 1st Earl of Orford
    Materials & Techniques
    lithograph, photolithograph
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    Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford (1676-1745) Prime Minister
    Presented for the Treasury Boardroom by Sir Reginald Welby, May 1893
    Presented to Treasury Boardroom by Sir Reginald Welby in May 1893
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