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Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA, Portrait of Sir William Chambers, R.A.

Portrait of Sir William Chambers, R.A., ca. 1780

Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA (1723 - 1792)

RA Collection: Art

On free display in Collection Gallery

Not only was William Chambers instrumental in encouraging George III to patronize the Royal Academy and the Academy's Treasurer for twenty-eight years but he also designed its home, Somerset House. Reynolds emphasises Chambers' professional status by depicting him at work porte crayon in hand. The Strand front of Somerset House, his latest architectural achievement can be seen in the background.

Object details

Portrait of Sir William Chambers, R.A.
ca. 1780
Object type
Oil on panel

1290 mm x 1032 mm x 40 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Given by Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA 1780

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