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William Egley (1798-1870)

Artist associated with 85 portraits
William Egley was employed as a bookkeeper and taught himself to paint in his spare time. By 1824, he had reached a sufficiently high standard to have his work accepted by the Royal Academy; that year he exhibited portraits of Lieutenant Colonel Sir David Ogleby and of actor Frederick Yates. Egley gave up his other employment and became a full-time miniaturist, exhibiting almost every year at the Royal Academy until his death. He produced portraits of many distinguished figures and was particularly adept at portraying children. He painted in watercolour on ivory, which was a standard technique of the period.

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John Robert Townshend, 1st Earl Sydney

by William Egley
watercolour on ivory, 1836
NPG 6300

D16535

Hon. Harriet Leslie-Melville

by A.M. Huffam, after William Egley
mezzotint, early 19th century
NPG D16535

D23313(6)

Mr Goskar-Lynn; Miss Carlow; Mr Dickenson and two unknown sitters

attributed to William Egley
pencil and watercolour, 1839
NPG D23313(6)

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Miss Anderson; G. Mole; Miss Cook; Mr Reid; probably Mrs Cook and an unknown man

attributed to William Egley
pencil and watercolour, before 24 June 1839
NPG D23313(8)

D23313(10)

G.S. Layton and five unknown men

attributed to William Egley
pencil, 24 June 1839
NPG D23313(10)

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Mr Bolton and four unknown sitters

attributed to William Egley
pencil, June 1839
NPG D23313(12)

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G.S. Archer and five unknown sitters

attributed to William Egley
pencil, 3-12 July 1839
NPG D23313(14)

D23313(16)

Five unknown men

attributed to William Egley
pencil, August 1839
NPG D23313(16)

D23313(18)

Leopold Redpath and five unknown men

attributed to William Egley
pencil, August 1839
NPG D23313(18)

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Sketch of an unknown man with notes on other sitters

attributed to William Egley
pencil, pen and ink, 20-30 August 1839
NPG D23313(20)

D23313(22)

Sketchbook notes with three unknown sitters

attributed to William Egley
pencil, pen and ink, 3 September 1839
NPG D23313(22)

D23313(24)

Mr Peyton; Dr Patch; Mr Piper; Mr Carr with sketchbook notes

attributed to William Egley
pencil, pen and ink, 27 September 1839
NPG D23313(24)

D23313(26)

Two unknown women and a third face study (Miss Roberts?)

attributed to William Egley
pencil and watercolour, 1839
NPG D23313(26)

D23313(28)

Five unknown sitters

attributed to William Egley
pencil, 1839
NPG D23313(28)