© National Portrait Gallery, London
Unknown man, formerly known as James Northcote
attributed to Sir David Wilkie Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas laid on panel, circa 1825
7 7/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. (200 mm x 177 mm)
Given by Dudley H. Leggatt in memory of Ernest E. Leggatt, his brother, 1937
- James Northcote (1746-1831), Painter; pupil and biographer of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Sitter associated with 23 portraits, Artist associated with 103 portraits.
- Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841), Painter. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 21 portraits.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 699
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 372, 593
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