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Sir Samuel Romilly

(1757-1818), Solicitor-General and law reformer

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 8 portraits
A leading Whig law reformer, Romilly had an unrivalled knowledge of the criminal law of Britain and the Continent. In 1789 he travelled to Paris where his enthusiasm for the French Revolution inspired his Letters Containing an Account of the Late Revolution in France (1792). Along with Sir Francis Burdett, he was one of a small group of progressive Whigs whole-heartedly in support of Parliamentary reform. He campaigned against the death penalty for trivial offences and supported Catholic emancipation and the abolition of slavery.

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Sir Samuel Romilly, by Samuel William Reynolds, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D39860

Sir Samuel Romilly

by Samuel William Reynolds, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, (circa 1806-1810)
NPG D39860

Sir Samuel Romilly, by Samuel William Reynolds Jr, after  Martin Cregan - NPG D5835

Sir Samuel Romilly

by Samuel William Reynolds Jr, after Martin Cregan
mezzotint, (circa 1818)
NPG D5835

Sir Samuel Romilly, by Henry Bone, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D17721

Sir Samuel Romilly

by Henry Bone, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1819 (circa 1806-1810)
NPG D17721

Sir Samuel Romilly, by Henry Bone, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D17738

Sir Samuel Romilly

by Henry Bone, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1821 (1806-1810)
NPG D17738

Sir Samuel Romilly, by John Kennerley, published by  Zachariah Sweet, after  Charles (Cantelowe, Cantlo) Bestland - NPG D39859

Sir Samuel Romilly

by John Kennerley, published by Zachariah Sweet, after Charles (Cantelowe, Cantlo) Bestland
stipple engraving, published 1822
NPG D39859

Sir Samuel Romilly, by John Kennerley, published by  Charles Sweet, after  Charles (Cantelowe, Cantlo) Bestland - NPG D39858

Sir Samuel Romilly

by John Kennerley, published by Charles Sweet, after Charles (Cantelowe, Cantlo) Bestland
stipple engraving, published 1829
NPG D39858

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Sir Samuel Romilly

possibly by William Holl Sr
stipple engraving, circa 1800
NPG D20070

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