Portrait of the Artist's Son, William

Martin Archer Sheeca.1820

Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts
London, United Kingdom

This portrait is thought to depict the artist and former Royal Academy President’s third and youngest son, William. Aged about 10 years old, he is posed in a Romantic landscape (usually characterised by vast, awe-evoking views of mountains, valleys, rivers, forests or skies) and dressed in a fashionable outfit: a blood-red suit with high waisted trousers and a ruffled collar.


  • Title: Portrait of the Artist's Son, William
  • Creator: Martin Archer Shee PRA
  • Date Created: ca.1820
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Photo credit: © Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer: John Hammond
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Royal Academy Picture Library number: PL000464
  • Physical dimensions: Height: 76.2 cm, width: 63.5 cm

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