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Sir William Boxall (1800-1879), Painter and Director of the National Gallery

Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist associated with 18 portraits
The son of an Oxford taxation official, William Boxall entered the Royal Academy schools in 1819. He worked in London between 1823 and 1833, chiefly as a portrait painter but occasionally exhibiting history and subject pictures in an attempt to gain recognition. Between the mid-1830s and the 1860s he enjoyed a reputation as a society painter and also for his likenesses of leading literary, artistic and intellectual figures of the day. To further his ambition to succeed as a history painter he travelled and studied in Italy (1833-6), but portraiture remained his principal employment, accounting for most of his exhibited works. Boxall was elected ARA in 1851 and RA in 1863.

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4211

William Wordsworth

by Sir William Boxall
oil on panel, 1831
NPG 4211

1470

John Frederick Lewis

by Sir William Boxall
oil on panel, 1832
NPG 1470

601

Antony Vandyke Copley Fielding

by Sir William Boxall
oil on canvas, exhibited 1843
NPG 601

4099

Lewis Cubitt

by Sir William Boxall
oil on panel, 1845
NPG 4099

1986

David Cox

by Sir William Boxall
oil on canvas, 1856
NPG 1986

D8065

John Charles Herries

by William Walker, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint, 1830s-1840s
NPG D8065

D8812

William Wordsworth

by R.C. Roffe, after Sir William Boxall
stipple engraving, circa 1831-1835
NPG D8812

D36297

William Wordsworth

by James Bromley, published by Moon, Boys & Graves, published by James Ryman, published by Robert Roe, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint, published 10 June 1832
NPG D36297

D11186

James Justinian Morier

by Samuel William Reynolds, published by Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint, published 1 July 1850
NPG D11186

D10588

Peter Barlow

by Samuel Cousins, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint, 1853
NPG D10588

D35717

John Charles Herries

by and published by William Walker, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint, published 1 March 1853
NPG D35717

D34162

Richard Lynch Cotton

by Samuel Bellin, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint, published 1858
NPG D34162

D8252

Richard Lynch Cotton

by Samuel Bellin, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint, published 1858
NPG D8252

D36421

(John) Frederick Andrew Johann Friedrich Andreas Huth

by Samuel Cousins, published by David Thomas White, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint, published 4 April 1860
NPG D36421

D36422

(John) Frederick Andrew Johann Friedrich Andreas Huth

by Samuel Cousins, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint, published 1860
NPG D36422

D34455

William Gibbs

by Samuel Cousins, published by Holloway & Son, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint, published 20 July 1864
NPG D34455

D7885

Sir William Cubitt

by Samuel Bellin, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint
NPG D7885

D40224

John Hothersall Pinder

by Samuel Cousins, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint, mid 19th century
NPG D40224