Gallery admission is free
Open daily 10:00-18:00, Thursday-Friday until 21:00
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir Alexander Thomson
by Henry Meyer, after William Owenmezzotint, 1812NPG D40433
by Henry Meyer, after William Owenmezzotint, 1812NPG D4364
Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.
If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.
Please note that we cannot provide valuations.
We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.
28 March 2017, 19:48
Sacred to the memory of The Right Honourable Sir Alexander Thomson Knt one of his majesty’s most honourable Privy Council. He was born at Camberwell 6th Jan'y 1745 called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn, Mich’s term 1769, appointed a Master in Chancery May 1782. Accountant General Jan’y 1786 A baron in the Court of Exchequer Feb’y 1787 and Lord Chief Baron of the same court, to the universal satisfaction of the Bar, the Bench and the Nation 23rd Feb’y 1814.
He died in this city sincerely regretted 15th April 1817.
His understanding was sound and strong, his knowledge in every branch of the law accurate, extensive and profound; his impartiality invariable, his attention to criminals unremitting, his humanity judicious.
He was patient in hearing, laborious in investigating, cautious in deciding.
And his judgement (on which every man had more reliance than himself) seldom erred.
Simple and unostentatious in the application of his talents, and courting neither favour nor popularity, he deservedly obtained the confidence of the country.
To these public virtues were added, in the habits of his private life, a general acquaintance of literature and the arts, unaffected piety, unassuming manners, and steadfastness in friendship, with the kindest heart.
To perpetuate the remembrance of so useful an example and to record their own gratitude and affection, his two surviving nieces have caused this memorial to be erected.
There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.
How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.
The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.
Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.
If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.
Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Switchboard: +44 (0) 20 7306 0055