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John Dalton

4 of 15 portraits of John Dalton

John Dalton, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, 1834 - NPG 316a(30) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Dalton

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1834
18 in. x 24 5/8 in. (459 mm x 626 mm)
Given by Mrs George Jones, 1871
Primary Collection
NPG 316a(30)


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Chantrey was commissioned to make a statue of Dalton for the Royal Institution in Manchester by a 'committee of Scientific Gentlemen', for which he received £2100. The statue has since been relocated to Manchester Town Hall. Dalton was a great admirer of William Wollaston, inventor of the camera lucida, and during sittings for these drawings, Dalton was able to view Chantrey's collection of 'busts and statues without end'.

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