© National Portrait Gallery, London
John William Polidori
by F.G. Gainsford Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, circa 1816
23 in. x 18 7/8 in. (584 mm x 480 mm)
Given by the sitter's nephew, William Michael Rossetti, 1895
- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 76
- Holmes, Richard, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2013, p. 95
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 498
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 398
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