3 of 9 portraits of Sydney Smith
by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
pen and wash, circa 1835
9 3/8 in. x 7 3/8 in. (239 mm x 187 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Sydney Smith (1771-1845), Wit and Canon of St Paul's. Sitter associated with 9 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873), Painter. Artist associated with 54 portraits, Sitter in 21 portraits.
This portraitback to top
When asked to sit for a formal portrait by Landseer, he is reported to have replied 'Is thy servant a dog, that he should do this thing?' Landseer got his revenge with this caricature. Smith's obesity and French tastes are exaggerated, while the corpulent friar and impish devil may allude to his controversial parallel roles as churchman and political firebrand.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 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
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 461
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Caricatures by Edwin Landseer (16 November 2009 - 23 May 2010)