‘Portrait of Edmund Burke’ by James Northcote, c. 1770-1780. This oil on canvas by Northcote depicts Burke in head and shoulders facing left to right. He wears a red coat and waistcoat with a white lace collar, tie, and a white wig.
This painting may be a copy of that of Joshua Reynolds’s entitled ‘Edmund Burke’, dated 1774 (part of The National Galleries of Scotland’s collection). Both pictures are extremely close in composition and treatment. Northcote was a student of Reynolds from 1771-1776, our painting by Northcote dates from 1770-1780, around the time that Northcote was a student of Reynolds.
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) was an Irish politician and statesman, who served as a Member of Parliament in the Whig party from 1766-1794. He was also known for his writing of his ‘Reflections on the Revolution in France’ which criticised the actions in France, destroying the social structure and institutions.
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From the collection of the late Sir Scrogue Belmont(?)-Moorland Netteldean, Lincoln
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