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George Dance

(1741-1825), Architect and portrait draughtsman

Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist associated with 322 portraits
George Dance trained and practised as an architect, succeeding his father to the office of Architect and Surveyor to the Corporation of London. His most important works included the rebuilding of Newgate prison, the designs for St Luke's Hospital and the front of Guildhall. He was one of the founder members of the Royal Academy in 1768 and Professor of Architecture between 1798-1805. Dance is probably best known for the series of over 200 drawings of his friends and contemporaries which he 'sketched from life' between 1793 and 1810. The majority of these drawings are half-length profiles to the left, described by Joseph Farington in his diaries as exhibiting a 'remarkable likeness' to the sitter.

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George Dance, by George Henry Harlow - NPG 2812

George Dance

by George Henry Harlow
pencil and chalk, 1814
NPG 2812

Royal Academicians, by Charles Bestland, after  Henry Singleton - NPG D10716

Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
NPG D10716

Key to Royal Academicians, by Charles Bestland, after  Henry Singleton - NPG D36021

Key to Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
NPG D36021

George Dance, by and published by Samuel William Reynolds, after  John Jackson - NPG D34677

George Dance

by and published by Samuel William Reynolds, after John Jackson
mezzotint, published 30 June 1820
NPG D34677

George Dance, by William Daniell, after  Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt) - NPG D2252

George Dance

by William Daniell, after Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt)
soft-ground etching, published 1 March 1825 (April 1793)
NPG D2252

George Dance, by William Daniell, after  Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt) - NPG D2253

George Dance

by William Daniell, after Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt)
soft-ground etching, published 1825
NPG D2253

George Dance, by William Daniell, after  Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt) - NPG D12042

George Dance

by William Daniell, after Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt)
soft-ground etching, published 1854 (1793)
NPG D12042

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