Description The togate poet appears in profile, facing right. His exaggerated, square jaw and the heavy folds of drapery are comparable in style to the portrait of Sir Isaac Newton (Walters 71.424). Unlike most of van der Hagen's works, the portrait is not derived from a Rysbrack bust but appears to be a profile view of Roubiliac's 1741 bust of Pope. An almost identical ivory belongs to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On the reverse, in large, black script, is the inscription: POPE / AUTr. ANG.1 In brown ink, partly effaced by scratches and the later inscription, is another inscription: Ar / POPE / AUTEUR ANGLAIS.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] On the reverse, in large, black script: POPE / AUTr. ANG.1; [Inscription] In brown ink, partly effaced: Ar / POPE / AUTEUR ANGLAIS
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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