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Nathaniel Dance-Holland

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Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland (8 May 1735-15 October 1811) was a notable English portrait painter (and later a politician).

The third son of architect George Dance the Elder, Dance (he added the 'Holland' suffix later in life) studied art under Francis Hayman, and like many contemporaries also studied in Italy. There he met Angelica Kauffmann, and painted several historic and classical paintings.

On his return to England, he became a successful portrait painter. With Hayman and his architect brother George Dance the Younger, he was one of the founder members of the Royal Academy in 1768.

He was commissioned to paint King George III and his queen, plus Captain James Cook and actor David Garrick.

In 1790, he gave up his artistic career and became M.P. for East Grinstead in Surrey, taking the additional name of Holland. He was made a baronet in 1800.

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