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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Samuel Arnold (1740-1802), Composer

Oil by unknown artist in Royal College of Music, three quarter length seated holding organ music score, organ pipes in background possibly the Chapel Royal of which he became organist in 1783; the portrait was originally called Haydn but the identification agrees reasonably well with the established portraits of Arnold (see David Piper, Catalogues of Portraits in the Royal College of Music, 1952, MS in NPG library).

Oval miniature by John Russell, holding a volume of Handel, engraved and published by Bellamy & Roberts, 1 June 1790; a miniature closely resembling this engraving was at Sotheby's 15 November 1974 (11) there attributed to Henry Spicer.

Enamel exhibited by R. Higgs RA 1791 (345).

Small pastel oval attributed to James Sharples in private collection, Stoke-by-Nayland.

Pencil drawing by Dance (NPG 1135).

Oil by Thomas Hardy exhibited RA 1796 (144), three quarter length in academic robes and hat, engraved 1797 and reproduced in H. Saxe Wyndham, Annals of the Covent Garden Theatre, 1906, I, p 260.

Oil by his son S. J. Arnold, exhibited RA, 1801 (310) and Third Exhibition of National Portraits, South Kensington, 1868 (795) then the property of Mr T. J. Arnold.

Silhouette by John Field was at Sotheby's 24 October 1977 (35), head and shoulders profile with hair in queue.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.