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Richard Payne Knight (1751-1824), Art collector and writer

Sitter associated with 6 portraits
A collector and arbiter of taste, Knight was known for his antiquarian interests and writings on aesthetics. He gained notoriety with his Discourse on the Worship of Priapus (1786) which, as it discussed sexual symbolism in ancient societies, was attacked as immoral. He also wrote on architecture and garden design; his didactic poem The Landscape (1794) contributed to the debate on the merits of the Picturesque. In 1805, Knight was among the founders of the British Institution to promote history painting. He bequeathed his collection of coins, gems, drawings and sculptures to the British Museum.

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The House of Commons 1793-94

by Karl Anton Hickel
oil on canvas, 1793-1795
NPG 745

4887

Richard Payne Knight

by John Bacon the Younger
marble and bronze bust, 1814
On display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4887

D37103

Richard Payne Knight

by James Bromley, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, (1805)
NPG D37103

D37104

Richard Payne Knight

by James Bromley, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, (1805)
NPG D37104

D18967

Richard Payne Knight

by James Bromley, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, (1805)
NPG D18967

D37105

Richard Payne Knight

by Edward Scriven, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after William Evans, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 30 May 1811 (1805)
NPG D37105

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