William Cowper

1 portrait

William Cowper, by George Romney, 1792 - NPG 1423 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Cowper

by George Romney
pastel, 1792
22 1/2 in. x 18 1/2 in. (572 mm x 470 mm)
Purchased, 1905
Primary Collection
NPG 1423


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  • George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 156 portraits, Sitter associated with 6 portraits.

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Cowper sat for this portrait at the house of the poet William Hayley, who was a friend of the artist Romney. Hayley wrote a posthumous biography of Cowper.

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  • Alex Kidson, George Romney 1734-1802, 2002 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 30 May - 18 August 2002), p. 221
  • Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 128
  • Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 163
  • Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 73
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 107
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 107
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 149
  • Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 19

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