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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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John Abernethy

by George Dance
pencil, 1793
NPG 1253


Joseph Bonomi

by William Daniell, after George Dance
pencil and red crayon, (1793)
NPG 3089(1)


James Boswell

by George Dance
pencil, crayon and wash, 1793
NPG 1139


William Combe

by George Dance
pencil, 1793
NPG 2029


William Hamilton

by William Daniell, after George Dance
pencil and red crayon, circa 1802-1814 (1793)
NPG 3089(7)


John Hoole

by George Dance
pencil and wash, 1793
NPG 1143


John Hoole

by William Daniell, after George Dance
pencil, circa 1802-1814 (1793)
NPG 3089(9)


Samuel Lysons

by William Daniell, after George Dance
pencil, circa 1802-1814 (1793)
NPG 3089(11)


Horace Walpole

by George Dance
pencil, 1793
NPG 1161


John Palmer

by George Dance
pencil, 1793
NPG 4929


Gabriel Piozzi

by George Dance
pencil, 1793
NPG 1152


William Seward

by George Dance
pencil and grey wash, 1793
NPG 1157


George Steevens

by George Dance
pencil, 1793
NPG 1160


William Bligh

by George Dance
pencil, with traces of pink on the cheeks and lips, on paper, 1794
NPG 1138


Charles Burney

by George Dance
pencil, 1794
NPG 1140


Sir James Earle

by William Daniell, after George Dance
pencil, circa 1802-1814 (1794)
NPG 3089(5)


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