by Thomas Phillips
oil on canvas, 1826
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Given by John Murray, 1929
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- Thomas Phillips (1770-1845), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 215 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
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Phillips's portrait was probably commissioned by Denham's publisher John Murray for his gallery of literary celebrities. It was used as the frontispiece to Denham's account of the expedition published in 1826. In the same year Denham was appointed 'superintendent of liberated Africans' in Sierra Leone - the colony for freed slaves that Britain had established in 1808. In 1828, Denham was made governor but died of a fever only five weeks later.