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Baron Nagell’s Running Footman

Photo credit: Tate

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This three-quarter length portrait in pastel shows the running footman of Baron Anne Willem Carel van Nagell van Ampsen (1756–1851), Dutch Ambassador to London from 1788 to 1795. A running footman could be expected to serve as a messenger and to accompany his employer’s coach. His role was, then, emphatically public, announcing the presence of his employer to the world. Baron Nagell was known for his especially flamboyantly dressed servants and the livery worn by this figure reflects the red, white and blue of the Dutch flag.


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Pastel on paper


H 72.5 x W 61 cm

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Acquisition method

Purchased with assistance from Tate Members and the Sir Robert Horton Bequest 2013

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Drawing & watercolour


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