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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780), Jurist

c.1755
Unattributed painting, see NPG 388.

1763-68
Painting by Tilly Kettle, standing three-quarter length, in DCL robes. Bodleian Library, Oxford (J. D. Milner, 'Tilly Kettle', Wal. Soc., 1927, XV, pl.XVIA).

1774,
Painting by Thomas Gainsborough, half length in judge’s robes. Tate Gallery (N 2637; E. K. Waterhouse, Gainsborough, 1958, no.67). Engraved J. Hall 1778 & 1793, and many times as an oval, e.g. by W. Ridley 1798, J. Chapman 1800 and J. Hopwood 1805. Versions at Wallingford Town Hall (in 1966) and with F. T. Sabin in 1933; copies at All Souls, Oxford (Mrs R. L. Poole, Catalogue of Portraits in the possession of the University, Colleges and City and County of Oxford, II, p 194); Bodleian Library, Oxford, by John Rising 1808 and anon. (Catalogue of Portraits in the possession of the University, Colleges and City and County of Oxford, 1912, I, pp 107-08); Middle Temple, London, by John Bridges.

Posthumous
1782
Painting by Walker, exhibited Free Society of Artists, London, 1782 (256).

1784
Marble statue by John Bacon sr., whole length, with his Commentaries. All Souls, Oxford (Catalogue of Portraits in the possession of the University, Colleges and City and County of Oxford, II, p 194).

1925
Marble statue by Paul W. Bartlett. Law Courts, London, presented by the American Bar 1924.

Undated
Carved wooden medallion. Lincoln’s Inn, London.

Doubtful Portrait
Miniature by Charles Dixon at the Harvard Law School.



This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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.