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Thomas Gray

2 of 13 portraits of Thomas Gray

Thomas Gray, by James Basire, after  William Mason, (circa 1771) - NPG 425 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Gray

by James Basire, after William Mason
pencil, (circa 1771)
10 1/4 in. x 8 in. (260 mm x 203 mm)
Purchased, 1876
Primary Collection
NPG 425

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  • Thomas Gray (1716-1771), Classical scholar and poet. Sitter in 13 portraits.

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  • James Basire (1730-1802), Engraver. Artist associated with 85 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • William Mason (1725-1797), Poet and divine; friend and biographer of Thomas Gray. Artist associated with 9 portraits, Sitter associated with 10 portraits.

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This profile portrait is wreathed by two semi-circular boughs of bay, celebrating Gray as a poet. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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