Bartholomew Dandridge (artist)

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George Walton, ca. 1734 – 1739, now at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich

Bartholomew Dandridge (1691 – c.1754) was an English portrait painter.


Dandridge studied at Sir Godfrey Kneller's academy of painting and later at the St Martin's Lane Academy. He had a career as a fashionable portrait painter in London for more than forty years,[1] working in a style similar to that of John Vanderbank.[2] In 1732, he was commissioned by Lord Barington to paint a portrait of Frederick, Prince of Wales on horseback.[1]

In 1733, he moved to 55, Great Queen Street, which had formed part of the house of Sir Godfrey Kneller until his death two years before.[3]

He played a part in the development of the conversation piece, making groups of model figures to judge effects of light and shade.[2]

His portraits of the historian Nathaniel Hooke and of Frederick, Prince of Wales are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, as is another painting by Dandridge, believed to be of William Kent.[1] The collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum includes a Portrait of a Painter by Dandridge; this may be the self-portrait he is recorded as having painted in 1729, although the identification of the subject is not certain.[4]

Nathaniel Hooke, date unknown, now at the National Portrait Gallery.


  1. ^ a b c "Bartholomew Dandridge (1691-circa 1754)". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b Waterhouse, Ellis Kirkham (1994). Painting in Britain, 1530 to 1790. Yale University Press Pelican history of art (5th ed.). Yale University Press. p. 184. ISBN 978-0-300-05833-8.
  3. ^ W. Edward Riley and Sir Laurence Gomme (editors) (1914). "Nos. 55 and 56, Great Queen Street". Survey of London: volume 5: St Giles-in-the-Fields, pt II. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 11 February 2012.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Portrait of a painter". Fitzwilliam Museum. Retrieved 30 December 2014.