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Orchardson’s portrait of Alfred Waterhouse (1830–1905) is one of the finest in the Institute's collection of presidents' portraits. Of Waterhouse, Thomas Cooper said, 'his great distinction was the inexpressible charm of his personality' and the Times obituarist wrote 'even those who did not like his architecture loved the man'. He is holding a ground plan for his own house, Yattendon Court in Berkshire.
oil on canvas
H 107.5 x W 99.7 cm
commissioned by the RIBA, c.1891