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Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery

Art, Invention & Thought: the Romantics

Room 18This room has as its central focus a significant body of portraits of Romantic poets and figures from the Regency period. A portrait of Wordsworth, flanked either side by portraits of Mary Wollstonecraft and her later husband William Godwin dominate one wall. On the wall opposite there is a portrait of Byron, and the room also includes portraits of Mary Shelley, Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Scott, Burns and in a pastel case Jane Austen. Portraits of Davy and Jenner hang either side of the doorway and one corner of the room includes portraits of Turner, Constable, Blake, Flaxman and Fuseli.

Room introduction

See also: Room 18: miniature case

26 portraits on display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery

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John Opie, by John Opie - NPG 47

John Opie

by John Opie
oil on canvas, 1785
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 47

Robert Burns, by Alexander Nasmyth - NPG 46

Robert Burns

by Alexander Nasmyth
oil on canvas, circa 1821-1822 (1787)
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 46

Robert Bakewell, by John Boultbee - NPG 5949

Robert Bakewell

by John Boultbee
oil on canvas, circa 1788-1790
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5949

John Horne Tooke, by Thomas Hardy - NPG 13

John Horne Tooke

by Thomas Hardy
oil on canvas, before 1791
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 13

Thomas Paine, by Laurent Dabos - NPG 6805

Thomas Paine

by Laurent Dabos
oil on canvas, circa 1791
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6805

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, by Peter Vandyke - NPG 192

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

by Peter Vandyke
oil on canvas, 1795
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 192

John Flaxman; Thomas Alphonso Hayley, by George Romney - NPG 101

John Flaxman; Thomas Alphonso Hayley

by George Romney
oil on canvas, 1795
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 101

Robert Southey, by Peter Vandyke - NPG 193

Robert Southey

by Peter Vandyke
oil on canvas, 1795
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 193

Mary Wollstonecraft, by John Opie - NPG 1237

Mary Wollstonecraft

by John Opie
oil on canvas, circa 1797
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1237

John Constable, by Ramsay Richard Reinagle - NPG 1786

John Constable

by Ramsay Richard Reinagle
oil on canvas, circa 1799
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1786

Thomas Girtin, by John Opie - NPG 882

Thomas Girtin

by John Opie
oil on canvas, circa 1800
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 882

William Godwin, by James Northcote - NPG 1236

William Godwin

by James Northcote
oil on canvas, 1802
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1236

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt, by Henry Howard - NPG 4591

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by Henry Howard
oil on canvas, 1803
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4591

Edward Jenner, by James Northcote - NPG 62

Edward Jenner

by James Northcote
oil on canvas, 1803
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 62

William Blake, by Thomas Phillips - NPG 212

William Blake

by Thomas Phillips
oil on canvas, 1807
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 212

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, replica by Thomas Phillips - NPG 142

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron

replica by Thomas Phillips
oil on canvas, circa 1835 (1813)
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 142

John Clare, by William Hilton - NPG 1469

John Clare

by William Hilton
oil on canvas, 1820
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1469

John Keats, by Joseph Severn - NPG 58

John Keats

by Joseph Severn
oil on canvas, 1821-1823
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 58

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer - NPG 391

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
oil on panel, circa 1824
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 391

Henry Fuseli, by Edward Hodges Baily - NPG 6376

Henry Fuseli

by Edward Hodges Baily
marble bust, 1824
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6376

John George Children, by Benjamin Rawlinson Faulkner - NPG 5151

John George Children

by Benjamin Rawlinson Faulkner
oil on canvas, 1826
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5151

Robert Southey, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 3956

Robert Southey

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1832
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3956

John Dalton, by Thomas Phillips - NPG 5963

John Dalton

by Thomas Phillips
oil on canvas, 1835
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5963

Joseph Mallord William Turner, by John Linnell - NPG 6344

Joseph Mallord William Turner

by John Linnell
oil on canvas, 1838
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6344

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey, by Patric Park - NPG 133

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey

by Patric Park
marble bust, exhibited 1840
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 133

William Wordsworth, by Benjamin Robert Haydon - NPG 1857

William Wordsworth

by Benjamin Robert Haydon
oil on canvas, 1842
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1857