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William Roscoe

(1753-1831), Banker, historian and collector

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 6 portraits
Historian, poet, art collector, lawyer, politician and philanthropist, rose from humble beginnings in Liverpool to become one of the city's outstanding figures. He played an important role in developing the cultural life of the city. Roscoe was called to the Bar in 1774. He entered Parliament in 1806 where he fought against the slave trade. In 1795 he published his first historical work, The Life of Lorenzo de' Medici (1795), which made his reputation as a historian. His other major work, The Life of Pope Leo X (1805), proved controversial, but was again a best seller. His 1806 poem, The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast, has become a children's classic.

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William Roscoe, attributed to John Williamson - NPG 963

William Roscoe

attributed to John Williamson
oil on canvas, circa 1784
NPG 963

William Roscoe, attributed to William Spence - NPG 4147

William Roscoe

attributed to William Spence
marble bust, circa 1820
NPG 4147

William Roscoe, by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after a marble relief by  John Gibson - NPG D5839

William Roscoe

by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after a marble relief by John Gibson
etching, (1813)
NPG D5839

William Roscoe, by Maxim Gauci, printed by  Francis Moser, published by  Colnaghi & Co, after a marble relief by  John Gibson - NPG D39869

William Roscoe

by Maxim Gauci, printed by Francis Moser, published by Colnaghi & Co, after a marble relief by John Gibson
lithograph, published 15 December 1819 (1813)
NPG D39869

William Roscoe, after Daniel Maclise - NPG D34547

William Roscoe

after Daniel Maclise
pen and ink, (published 1832)
NPG D34547

William Roscoe, by Allen & Moore - NPG D7049

William Roscoe

by Allen & Moore
white metal medal, 1853
NPG D7049

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