Portrait of Richard Baldwin
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Description:'Portrait painter and architect, Francis Bindon was born at Clooney, County Clare about 1698. Francis was a member of the Royal Dublin Society. He developed an interest in portrait painting and because he was a wealthy gentleman with good connections he soon attracted some notable patrons. He is best known for his many portraits of Dean Swift, in particular, the full-length portrait painted in 1739 for the Chapter of St. Patrick's Cathedral. He also painted many of the leading churchmen of the time including Archbishop Boulter, Dr. Sheridan, Dr. Delany and Archbishop Cobbe.' (www.clarelibrary.ie) Richard Baldwin, 'elected to fellowship in 1693, had risen to be Vice Provost by 1713 and took advantage of Provost Pratt?s absences in England to strengthen his grip on the affairs of the College and was duly rewarded with the provostship in the summer of 1717. His autocratic manner of government led to many clashes with the Fellows, especially those with Tory sympathies. He took up office at about the age of fifty and remained Provost for over forty years until his death in September 1758. He died a wealthy man bequeathing his whole estate to Trinity.' (www.tcd.ie) This painting now hangs in the Commons Room of Trinity College, Dublin.
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Keywords:Baldwin, Richard (c. 1668-1758)