Dixon Denham

1 portrait

Dixon Denham, by Thomas Phillips, 1826 - NPG 2441 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Dixon Denham

by Thomas Phillips
oil on canvas, 1826
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Given by John Murray, 1929
Primary Collection
NPG 2441


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  • Dixon Denham (1786-1828), Soldier and traveller. Sitter in 2 portraits.

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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.

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