Joshua Reynolds, English, 1723-1792
Title: Portrait of Robert Henley, 2nd Earl of Northington (1747-1786), Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
Date: 1782
Medium: Oil on canvas
126 x 100 cm
Credit Line: Purchased, 1884
Object Number: NGI.217
ProvenanceAuction, 2 June 1884, Marquess of Hertford sale, bt. Henry Graves & co.; purchased, Henry Graves & co., June 1884
Exhibition HistoryRoyal Academy of Arts, London, 1785
Label TextRobert Henley briefly held the office of Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, for eight months, between June 1783 and February 1784. Here he is shown wearing the collar of the Illustrious Order of St Patrick, a chivalric order established in 1783; he held the position of Grand Master. Joshua Reynolds was one of the most sought-after portrait painters of his time, capturing the likenesses of the rich and famous. He painted a number of portraits of Henley. Henley was known as a bon viveur – one who indulged in the good things in life – and he died at the age of 38.

This website uses cookies

We use optional cookies to enhance your user experience and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services.


About Cookies

Cookies are small text files that can be used by websites to make a user's experience more efficient. The law states that we can store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site. For all other types of cookies we need your permission. This site uses different types of cookies. Some cookies are placed by third party services that appear on our pages. You can at any time change or withdraw your consent from the Cookie Declaration on our website. Learn more about who we are, how you can contact us and how we process personal data in our Privacy Policy. Please state your consent ID and date when you contact us regarding your consent.

Necessary Cookies

Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

JSESSIONIDeMuseumUser SessionSessionHTTP

Statistics Cookies

Statistic cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously.

_gaGoogle Tag ManagerRegisters a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.2 yearsJavaScript
_gidGoogle Tag ManagerRegisters a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.1 dayJavaScript