Sir Samuel Romilly

1 portrait on display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery

Sir Samuel Romilly, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, circa 1806-1810 - NPG 1171 - Tate 2013; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London

Tate 2013; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Samuel Romilly

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, circa 1806-1810
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
Lent by Tate Gallery, 1954
Primary Collection
NPG 1171


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  • Sir Samuel Romilly (1757-1818), Solicitor-General and law reformer. Sitter in 8 portraits.

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  • Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 683 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.

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Lawrence's portrait probably dates to 1806 when Romilly was appointed Solicitor General in Grenville's coalition 'Ministry of All the Talents'. He set about reforming Britain's cruel and illogical punishment system and was instrumental in abolishing the death penalty for trivial criminal offences.

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