Skip to main content

John Hoppner, Sir George Beaumont

Key facts
Full title Sir George Beaumont
Artist John Hoppner
Artist dates 1758 - 1810
Date made 1803
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 77.5 × 63.9 cm
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Claude Dickason Rotch (1878 - 1961), 1962
Inventory number NG6333
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Sir George Beaumont
John Hoppner

Sir George Beaumont (1753–1827), the National Gallery’s first great benefactor, is portrayed here at the age of 50. He is dressed in black with a glimpse of white waistcoat showing above a white stock against a plain crimson background. The restricted colour palette adds to the portrait’s drama.

Beaumont built up a relatively small but well-chosen collection of paintings, chiefly by Italian, French and Dutch masters and was instrumental in the foundation of the National Gallery. He told the government that if they bought the collection of Sir John Julius Angerstein, he would donate 16 paintings from his own collection ‘whenever the Gallery about to be erected is ready to receive them’. In 1824, the National Gallery opened to the public and in 1826 Beaumont’s paintings hung there with Angerstein’s.

Hoppner painted this portrait in 1803 and exhibited it at the Royal Academy in 1809, the last year of his life.

Download image
Download low-resolution image

Download a low-resolution copy of this image for personal use.

License this image

License and download a high-resolution image for reproductions up to A3 size from the National Gallery Picture Library.

License image
Download low-resolution image

This image is licensed for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons agreement.

Examples of non-commercial use are:

  • Research, private study, or for internal circulation within an educational organisation (such as a school, college or university)
  • Non-profit publications, personal websites, blogs, and social media

The image file is 800 pixels on the longest side.

As a charity, we depend upon the generosity of individuals to ensure the collection continues to engage and inspire. Help keep us free by making a donation today.

Download low-resolution image

You must agree to the Creative Commons terms and conditions to download this image.

Creative Commons Logo