About this artwork

Aberdeen-born James Gibbs was sent to Rome in 1703 to study for the priesthood. However, he abandoned his clerical career and became a pupil of the leading Italian baroque architect, Carlo Fontana. When he returned to Britain in 1709, his training made him highly sought after. He designed the churches of St-Mary-le-Strand and St Martin-in-the-Fields in London and the Radcliffe Library in Oxford, which can be seen, still with some scaffolding, in the background of this portrait.

  • title:
    James Gibbs, 1682 - 1754. Architect
  • accession number:
    PG 1373
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    About 1750
  • measurements:
    111.00 x 87.50 cm (framed: 131.20 x 109.00 x 8.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Presented by the Art Fund (London Scot Bequest) 1938

Andrea Soldi

Andrea Soldi