RALPH, George Keith

1752 - c.1811

George Keith Ralph, was born in September 1752, when he registered as a student at the Royal Academy in 1775 is noted aged ‘23 last Sept’. He exhibited some thirty-five works at the Royal Academy 1778-1811, including one of Mr King, master of the ceremonies at Bath (1790) and in 1794 described himself as 'portrait painter to the Duke of Clarence'. He also exhibited at the Society of Artists and the British Institution. Although largely based in London, Ralph appears to have obtained considerable employment in the provinces, notably in the eastern counties. Several of his portraits were engraved including one of John Spink, alderman and banker of Bury St Edmund’s in 1782 with the original oil painting now in the town's Guildhall. His last exhibit at the Royal Academy ‘Portrait of a Lady Playing on the Lyre’ was in 1811 when living at 14 Tavistock Row, Covent Garden, London, but is not heard of after that. His various addresses were:-
1778 15 Orange Street, Leicester Fields
1782 63 Conduit Street, Hanover Square
1783 8 Marylebone Street, Golden Square
1784 18 Bedford Street, Covent Garden
1787 100 St Martins Lane
1793 162 The Strand
1794 40 Great Madox Street
1795 2 Carlisle Street, Soho
1796 22 Great Marlborough Street
1798 21 Bedford Row
1803 22 Frith Street, Soho




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