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Adam Smith (1723-1790), Political economist

Sitter in 6 portraits
Author of The Wealth of Nations, 1776; his theory of free trade was to replace the concept of the exclusive rights of the mother country on which the first British Empire was based.

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Adam Smith

after James Tassie
plaster cast of medallion, (1787)
NPG 1242


Adam Smith

by James Tassie
glass paste medallion, 1787
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3237


Adam Smith

by John Kay
etching, 1790
NPG D16843


Adam Smith

after John Kay
reproduction of etching, (1790)
NPG D16844


Adam Smith

by Mackenzie, after James Tassie
stipple engraving, published 1809
NPG D6775