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George Dance

(1741-1825), Architect and portrait draughtsman

Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist associated with 322 portraits
George Dance trained and practised as an architect, succeeding his father to the office of Architect and Surveyor to the Corporation of London. His most important works included the rebuilding of Newgate prison, the designs for St Luke's Hospital and the front of Guildhall. He was one of the founder members of the Royal Academy in 1768 and Professor of Architecture between 1798-1805. Dance is probably best known for the series of over 200 drawings of his friends and contemporaries which he 'sketched from life' between 1793 and 1810. The majority of these drawings are half-length profiles to the left, described by Joseph Farington in his diaries as exhibiting a 'remarkable likeness' to the sitter.

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Joseph Bonomi, by William Daniell, after  George Dance - NPG 3089(1)

Joseph Bonomi

by William Daniell, after George Dance
pencil and red crayon, based on a work of circa 1793
NPG 3089(1)

William Hamilton, by William Daniell, after  George Dance - NPG 3089(7)

William Hamilton

by William Daniell, after George Dance
pencil and red crayon, circa 1802-1814, based on a work of 1793
NPG 3089(7)

John Hoole, by William Daniell, after  George Dance - NPG 3089(9)

John Hoole

by William Daniell, after George Dance
pencil, circa 1802-1814, based on a work of 1793
NPG 3089(9)

Samuel Lysons, by William Daniell, after  George Dance - NPG 3089(11)

Samuel Lysons

by William Daniell, after George Dance
pencil, circa 1802-1814, based on a work of 1793
NPG 3089(11)

William Bligh, by George Dance - NPG 1138

William Bligh

by George Dance
pencil, with traces of pink on the cheeks and lips, on paper, 1794
NPG 1138

Sir James Earle, by William Daniell, after  George Dance - NPG 3089(5)

Sir James Earle

by William Daniell, after George Dance
pencil, circa 1802-1814, based on a work of 1794
NPG 3089(5)



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