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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Francis Baily (1774-1844), Astronomer; President of the Astronomical Society

Oil by Phillips commissioned by the Royal Astronomical Society exhibited RA 1839 (35); mezzotint by Lupton of which copies were presented to each Fellow, and vignette by F. Storm in John Britton's Autobiography (1848).

Marble bust by E. H. Baily in Royal Astronomical Society exhibited RA 1849 (1319) - 'a faithful and charming reproduction of features we have so often seen in this place …' (Herschel cited in Dreyer and Turner, History of the Royal Astronomical Society 1820 to 1920, 1923, pp 83-4). A copy of Baily's bust was destroyed in the Crystal Palace fire of 1936.

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.