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Samuel Woodforde RA, Self-portrait of Samuel Woodforde, R.A.

Self-portrait of Samuel Woodforde, R.A., 1805

Samuel Woodforde RA (1763 - 1817)

RA Collection: Art

Samuel Woodforde was born at Castle Cary, Somerset and from an early age was patronized by the Hoare family of Stourhead, Wiltshire. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools from 1782 and left for Italy in 1786 to study the Italian Old Masters. On his return in 1792 he began to exhibit frequently at the Royal Academy, showing portraits, modern genre scenes of Italian life, and historical and literary subjects.

This arresting self-portrait was painted when the artist was thirty-eight. Its dramatic lighting and fine costume reveals Woodforde’s status as a gentleman rather than a professional artist. No tools of the artist’s trade are visible, only the trade-marks of an independent mind and spirit in the slight swagger to the turned head and the cloak swept up romantically

over the shoulder.

Object details

Self-portrait of Samuel Woodforde, R.A.
Samuel Woodforde RA (1763 - 1817)
Object type
Oil on canvas

750 mm x 610 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Bequeathed by Mrs Samuel Woodforde 1860

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