Angerstein (1735 - 1823) was a banker, of a German family settled in Russia, who lived in England from about 1750. The Angerstein Collection was purchased in 1824 by the Government of Lord Liverpool and formed the nucleus of the National Gallery.

The painting was ordered by George IV a few months after the sitter's death, and based on a portrait by Lawrence of 1816. It was paid for in 1824, though not delivered until 1828.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1769 - 1830
Full title
John Julius Angerstein, aged over 80
Date made
1824
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
91.5 x 71 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by William IV, 1836
Inventory number
NG129
Location in Gallery