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William Owen (1769-1825), Painter

Artist associated with 97 portraits
Shropshire-born William Owen moved to London in 1786 and was apprenticed for seven years to the coach-painter Charles Catton. He was encouraged by Sir Joshua Reynolds to enter the Royal Academy Schools, which he did in 1791. His first work was exhibited at the Royal Academy in the following year and he continued to exhibit every nearly year until his death. Owen's work comprised mainly portraits and he built up a distinguished list of sitters including William Pitt, Lord Grenville and Sir John Soane. In 1810, Owen was appointed portrait painter to the Prince of Wales; the prince promised to sit for Owen but never did.

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1655

William Horsley

by William Owen
oil on canvas, circa 1801
NPG 1655

2418

William Vincent

by George Perfect Harding, after William Owen
watercolour and bodycolour, before 1822 (1811)
NPG 2418

355

John Wilson Croker

by William Owen
oil on canvas, circa 1812
NPG 355

5324

Folliott Herbert Walker Cornewall

by William Owen
oil on bevelled oak panel, 1813
NPG 5324

481

Charles Abbott, 1st Baron Tenterden

by John Hollins, after William Owen
oil on canvas, 1850 (exhibited 1819)
NPG 481

1552

William Howley

by William Owen
oil on canvas, circa 1823-1825
NPG 1552

D37194

Sir Robert Laurie, 5th Bt

by James Ward, after William Owen
mezzotint, 1794 or after
NPG D37194

D37195

Sir Robert Laurie, 5th Bt

by James Ward, after William Owen
mezzotint, 1794 or after
NPG D37195

D3544

Sir Robert Laurie, 5th Bt

by James Ward, after William Owen
mezzotint, 1794 or after
NPG D3544

D16448

William Pitt

by Charles Brome, after William Owen
line engraving, published 1799
NPG D16448

D40660

Cropley Ashley-Cooper, 6th Earl of Shaftesbury

by Thomas Hodgetts, after William Owen
mezzotint, early 19th century
NPG D40660

D3804

Beatrix Parker (née Lister)

by William Say, after William Owen
mezzotint, early 19th century (probably exhibited 1809)
NPG D3804

D17313

Mrs Smith

by Henry Bone, after William Owen
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, September 1802 (circa 1800-1802)
NPG D17313

D17295

Mrs Wilson and Miss Mein

by Henry Bone, after William Owen
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, September 1803 (exhibited 1802)
NPG D17295

D17297

Mrs Patterson

by Henry Bone, after William Owen
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, August 1804 (exhibited 1804)
NPG D17297

D16446

William Pitt

by James Godby, after William Owen
stipple engraving printed in colours, published 1804
NPG D16446

D37064

Peter Winter

by and published by William Say, after William Owen
mezzotint, published 1 February 1805
NPG D37064

D5529

William Pitt

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after William Owen
line engraving, published 1806
NPG D5529