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A Porter at the Royal Academy
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A Porter at the Royal Academy


John Russell (1745 - 1806)

Pastel on paper

Width: 64 cm ( paper ); Height: 77 cm ( paper ); Depth: 9 cm (including build-up blocks) ( frame ); Width: 79.7 cm ( frame ); Height: 92.2 cm ( frame );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Sotheby's; purchase & grant aid; 2001 (January)

About this work
First exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1792, this portrait shows one of the Academy’s porters, possibly John Withers. Standing in the front hall of what is now The Courtauld Gallery, he welcomes visitors with an entrance ticket and a catalogue of the Academy’s annual exhibition. Behind him a fashionably dressed crowd jostles up the famously steep stairs to the main exhibition room. The Academy’s porters also sat as models for life drawing classes and there is a gently humorous quality here to his juxtaposition with the cast of the Belvedere Torso representing ideal male beauty. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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