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Samuel Rogers

8 of 23 portraits of Samuel Rogers

Samuel Rogers

by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
pen and wash, circa 1835
9 1/4 in. x 7 3/8 in. (236 mm x 188 mm)
Purchased, 1972
Primary Collection
NPG 4920

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  • Samuel Rogers (1763-1855), Poet, banker and art connoisseur. Sitter in 23 portraits.

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This drawing shows a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Rogers's preparation for one of his literary breakfasts. Landseer makes full use of his subject's ungainly pose as he scratches his back. His expression in the mirror suggests immense satisfaction. The intimacy of Landseer's caricatures indicates an exceptional degree of access, although they may of course be entirely fictitious. If Rogers saw these drawings, his reaction has not been recorded.

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  • 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. 111

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