Selected archive documents relating to 18th Century and Regency portraits



Unknown man, formerly known as Maurice Greene, by Unknown artist, 1734 or after - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Unknown man, formerly known as Maurice Greene
by Unknown artist
1734 or after
NPG 2085

Alexander Pope, by William Hoare, circa 1739-1743 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Alexander Pope
by William Hoare
circa 1739-1743
NPG 873

  • Note removed from the reverse of the portrait which identifies it as the only known full-length portrait of Pope.

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, circa 1747-1749 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Joshua Reynolds
by Sir Joshua Reynolds
circa 1747-1749
NPG 41

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1761 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath
by Sir Joshua Reynolds
1761
NPG 337

Thomas Day, by Joseph Wright, 1770 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Day
by Joseph Wright
1770
NPG 2490

  • Letter from Richard Lovell Edgeworth to the wife of Thomas Day, who had recently died after being thrown from his horse, dated 21 October 1789, offering her the portrait of Day by Wright in his collection.

Angelica Kauffmann, by Angelica Kauffmann, circa 1770-1775 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Angelica Kauffmann
by Angelica Kauffmann
circa 1770-1775
NPG 430

Sir William Herschel, by Lemuel Francis Abbott, 1785 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir William Herschel
by Lemuel Francis Abbott
1785
NPG 98

  • Letter from Robert Walker, a dealer from Bath, to Sir George Scharf, dated 10 February 1860, giving reasons why the portrait of Sir William Herschel is both important and valuable.
  • Account of how the portrait, then identified only as a 'Portrait of a Gentleman' was discovered by the dealer Robert Walker. 

Benjamin West, by Gilbert Stuart, 1785 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Benjamin West
by Gilbert Stuart
1785
NPG 349

  • Accounts list of Portraits Painted for the King by Gainsborough Dupont.

Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl Stanhope, by Ozias Humphry, 1796 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl Stanhope
by Ozias Humphry
1796
NPG 380

  • Receipt, signed by Ozias Humphry, made out to the Earl Stanhope for fourteen guineas as full payment for his portrait in crayons.

Samuel Lysons, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1799 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Lysons
by Sir Thomas Lawrence
1799
NPG 5078

William Buckland, by Thomas Phillips, 1800-1825 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Buckland
by Thomas Phillips
1800-1825
NPG 1275

John Constable, by John Constable, circa 1799-1804 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Constable
by John Constable
circa 1799-1804
NPG 901

Edward Thurlow, Baron Thurlow, by Thomas Phillips, 1806 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Edward Thurlow, Baron Thurlow
by Thomas Phillips
1806
NPG 249

William Hookham Carpenter, by Margaret Sarah Carpenter (née Geddes), 1816 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Hookham Carpenter
by Margaret Sarah Carpenter (née Geddes)
1816
NPG 5708

John William Polidori, by F.G. Gainsford, circa 1816 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John William Polidori
by F.G. Gainsford
circa 1816
NPG 991

John Keats, by Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1816 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Keats
by Benjamin Robert Haydon
1816
NPG 3251

Samuel Rogers, by Thomas Phillips, circa 1817 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Rogers
by Thomas Phillips
circa 1817
NPG 763

Abraham Raimbach, by Sir David Wilkie, 1818 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Abraham Raimbach
by Sir David Wilkie
1818
NPG 775

Thomas Campbell, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, circa 1820 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Campbell
by Sir Thomas Lawrence
circa 1820
NPG 198

The Trial of Queen Caroline 1820, by Sir George Hayter, 1820-1823 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Trial of Queen Caroline 1820
by Sir George Hayter
1820-1823
NPG 999

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1825 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux
by Sir Thomas Lawrence
1825
NPG 3136

George Canning, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, and completed by  Richard Evans, circa 1825 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Canning
by Sir Thomas Lawrence, and completed by Richard Evans
circa 1825
NPG 1338

Benjamin Robert Haydon, by Georgiana Margaretta Zornlin, 1825 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Benjamin Robert Haydon
by Georgiana Margaretta Zornlin
1825
NPG 510

Sir Charles Lock Eastlake, by John Partridge, 1825 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Charles Lock Eastlake
by John Partridge
1825
NPG 3944(22)

Sir Thomas Lawrence, by Richard Evans, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence, (circa 1825) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Thomas Lawrence
by Richard Evans, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
(circa 1825)
NPG 260

  • Valuation of the estate of Sir Thomas Lawrence who died in 1830.

Samuel Prout, by William Brockedon, 1826 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Prout
by William Brockedon
1826
NPG 2515(12)

William Kitchiner, by William Brockedon, circa 1826 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Kitchiner
by William Brockedon
circa 1826
NPG 2515(14)

William Wilberforce, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1828 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Wilberforce
by Sir Thomas Lawrence
1828
NPG 3

Edward William Lane, by Richard James Lane, 1829 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Edward William Lane
by Richard James Lane
1829
NPG 940

John Flaxman, by William Brockedon, early 1830s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Flaxman
by William Brockedon
early 1830s
NPG 2515(32)

Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall), by William Brockedon, 1830 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall)
by William Brockedon
1830
NPG 2515(23)

  • Poem, dated May 1829, written by Proctor as Barry Cornwall and inscribed 'To W. Brockedon; on reading his Passes in the Alps.

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by William Brockedon, circa 1830 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt
by William Brockedon
circa 1830
NPG 2515(30)

Michael Faraday, by William Brockedon, 1831 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Michael Faraday
by William Brockedon
1831
NPG 2515(24)

William Godwin, by William Brockedon, 1832 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Godwin
by William Brockedon
1832
NPG 2515(29)

Henry Hopley White, by William Brockedon, 1832 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Hopley White
by William Brockedon
1832
NPG 2515(58)

Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman, by Sir Martin Archer Shee, circa 1832 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman
by Sir Martin Archer Shee
circa 1832
NPG 463

  • List of pictures sent in to the Royal Academy by Sir Martin Archer Shee in 1833, which includes the portrait of Denman.

The House of Commons, 1833, by Sir George Hayter, 1833-1843 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The House of Commons, 1833
by Sir George Hayter
1833-1843
NPG 54

Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, by William Brockedon, circa 1834 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Marc Isambard Brunel
by William Brockedon
circa 1834
NPG 2515(28)

John Dalton, by William Brockedon, 1834 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Dalton
by William Brockedon
1834
NPG 2515(66)

John Galt, by William Brockedon, 1834 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Galt
by William Brockedon
1834
NPG 2515(37)

Thomas Phillips, by William Brockedon, 1834 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Phillips
by William Brockedon
1834
NPG 2515(70)

Thomas Telford, by William Brockedon, 1834 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Telford
by William Brockedon
1834
NPG 2515(67)

Peter Mark Roget, by William Brockedon, 1835 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Peter Mark Roget
by William Brockedon
1835
NPG 2515(79)

Sir Charles Wheatstone, by William Brockedon, 1837 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Charles Wheatstone
by William Brockedon
1837
NPG 2515(84)

Charles Babbage, by William Brockedon, 1840 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Charles Babbage
by William Brockedon
1840
NPG 2515(33)