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Room 18
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 Wollstencraft 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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98

Sir William Herschel

by Lemuel Francis Abbott
oil on canvas, 1785
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 98

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

5949

Robert Bakewell

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

13

John Horne Tooke

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

6805

Thomas Paine

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

192

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

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

193

Robert Southey

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

1237

Mary Wollstonecraft

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

1786

John Constable

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

1236

William Godwin

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

4591

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

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

62

Edward Jenner

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

212

William Blake

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

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

1234

Percy Bysshe Shelley

by Amelia Curran
oil on canvas, 1819
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1234

1469

John Clare

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

58

John Keats

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

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

6376

Henry Fuseli

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

3956

Robert Southey

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

5963

John Dalton

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

6344

Joseph Mallord William Turner

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

133

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey

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

1235

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

by Richard Rothwell
oil on canvas, exhibited 1840
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1235

1857

William Wordsworth

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