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  • Title: Arthur Onslow MP
  • Artist: Joseph Highmore
  • Date: 1735--
  • Medium: Oil painting
  • Categories: Portraits
  • Catalogue number: WOA 2739
  • Description: Arthur Onslow, Speaker of the House of Commons 1691-1768. It has been suggested that the characterisation of Onslow in this portrait indicates an intimacy between the artist and the sitter. The face has been executed with the aplomb which is expected of so competent an artist, but other elements-particularly Onslow\'s right hand-are uncharacteristically clumsy. Highmore trained as a Lawyer before being apprenticed to the studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller. A man of great learning Highmore surrounded himself with members of the literati. Along with Francis Hayman and Gainsborough he was at the forefront of the English Rococo movement.

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