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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Combe (1741-1823), Author of 'Doctor Syntax'

Half-length oil by Northcote, sold to Ackermann for £10 in 1812 (James Northcote’s list of paintings, p 18); another oil by Northcote was noted by Farington 15 February 1798, later owned by Major Charles 'Jacobin' James and sold at his death in 1821.

Oil by Lonsdale, exhibited RA 1807 (100).

Silhouette, undated but probably c.1800 and based on Daniell's soft-ground etching, is in British Museum Print Room.

Miniature recorded in Williamson's Cosway as being by Combe's brother-in-law Richard Cosway, was bought by NPG in 1891 but subsequently found to be a copy of James Barry's portrait of Edmund Burke (NPG 854).

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.