John Britton

1 portrait

John Britton, by John Wood, 1845 - NPG 667 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Britton

by John Wood
oil on canvas, 1845
17 3/8 in. x 14 in. (442 mm x 356 mm)
Given by the sitter's widow, 1882
Primary Collection
NPG 667


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  • John Britton (1771-1857), Antiquary and topographer. Sitter in 3 portraits, Artist associated with 6 portraits.

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  • John Wood (1801-1870), History and portrait painter. Artist associated with 15 portraits.

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The antiquary and topographer John Britton was one of the leading figures in the neo-Gothic revival. In this portrait by John Wood, Britton is surrounded by objects which refer to his interests. On the table are busts of Shakespeare and the famous antiquarian William Camden taken from their funeral monuments. The plans on Britton's desk are of Stonehenge, a subject on which he had written an essay in 1842. The model of a monument which is under glass is yet to be identified. The chair is reminiscent of the designs of A.W.N. Pugin with whom Britton collaborated on several books. An engraved version of this portrait was used as the frontispiece to Britton's Autobiography of 1850.

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