Jeremy Bentham

1 portrait

Jeremy Bentham, studio of Thomas Frye, 1760 - NPG 196 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Jeremy Bentham

studio of Thomas Frye
oil on canvas, 1760
71 1/8 in. x 47 1/2 in. (1805 mm x 1205 mm)
Given by Sir John Bowring, 1865
Primary Collection
NPG 196


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  • Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), Social philosopher. Sitter in 9 portraits.

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  • Thomas Frye (circa 1710-1762), Painter. Artist associated with 43 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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This portrait shows Bentham at the age of about thirteen, by which time he had already been admitted to Oxford University. He was to become the youngest man ever to graduate. The boy's precocious talents are alluded to through the university robe he wears, and the verses on the table, which he had written on the accession of King George III.

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