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Thomas Phillips

(1770-1845), Portrait painter

Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist associated with 215 portraits
A prolific portrait painter, completing over 700 portraits, Phillips displayed his talent soon after arriving in London in 1790 by exhibiting his first work at the Royal Academy two years later. Moving from history painting to portraits, he was elected to the Royal Academy in 1808 and was Professor of Painting there between 1825 and 1832. He painted a series of contemporary poets. He also produced a number of portraits of men and women of science, considering both to represent the creativity of the Romantic period.

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Thomas Phillips, by Thomas Phillips - NPG 1601

Thomas Phillips

by Thomas Phillips
oil on canvas, circa 1802-1803
NPG 1601

Thomas Phillips, by William Brockedon - NPG 2515(70)

Thomas Phillips

by William Brockedon
chalk and pencil, 1834
NPG 2515(70)

Thomas Phillips, by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after  Thomas Phillips - NPG D22588

Thomas Phillips

by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after Thomas Phillips
etching, (circa 1814)
NPG D22588

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Thomas Phillips

by and published by Thomas Goff Lupton, after Thomas Phillips
mezzotint, published 1 June 1845
NPG D40198


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