Portrait of Richard Milles

The sitter has been identified as Richard Milles of Nackington, (about 1735 - 1820), Member of Parliament for nearby Canterbury from 1761-80. Milles probably sat for this portrait when he was in Rome during his Grand Tour. He points to a map inscribed with the place name 'Grisoni', a Swiss Canton which he probably visited on his way to Italy. The classical bust of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius alludes to the sitter's interest in classical antiquity. Batoni painted a half-length portrait of Milles and a miniature on ivory (the latter in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge).

The mood of the portrait is one of assurance and ease, created by the artist to dignify the sitter.

Key facts

Artist dates
1708 - 1787
Full title
Portrait of Richard Milles
Date made
probably 1760s
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
134.6 x 96.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1980
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

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