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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Anne Seymour Damer (née Conway) (1749-1828), Sculptor

Before her marriage in 1767
c.1755
Oil by J. G. Eckardt in a private collection, exhibited 'Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill' at Orleans House 1980 (16), group with her parents in imitation of Rubens.

1766
Oil by Angelica Kauffmann painted for General Conway and later in Colonel Campbell Johnston's collection (reproduced in colour in Connoisseur, LI, 1921, p 21), three-quarter-length seated to left holding a bunch of flowers (Manners & Williamson, Angelica Kauffmann, 1924, p 192); an original drawing is reproduced in Dorothy M. Mayer, Angelica Kaufmann, 1972, plate 24; stipple by Ryder published 1792; enamel copy probably by Henry Bone was at Strawberry Hill (George Perfect Harding, List of Portraits in Various Mansions of the United Kingdom, II, p 194) in Strawberry Hill sale 16 May 1842 (151), and now in private collection Somerset; Bone's preparatory drawing, head and shoulders only, is in NPG library (Henry Bone’s annotated pencil drawings for miniatures and enamels, III, 32) and a stipple by Cooper, in reverse with sculptor's tools, was published in La Belle Assemblée, 1 April 1810. A black chalk variant, seated with cupid and dove, is in Witt collection, Courtauld Institute (4351).

Undated
Portrait by (?Gavin) Hamilton listed by G. P. Harding among a small group of 'Hamiltons' in the Green Closet at Strawberry Hill (George Perfect Harding, List of Portraits in Various Mansions of the United Kingdom, II, 194).

After her marriage in 1767
c.1767-70
Miniature by Jeremiah Meyer, possibly a marriage portrait, reproduced Daphne Foskett, Dictionary of British Miniature Painters, 1972, II, 580.

c.1770
Oil attributed to Angelica Kaufmann was lent to Bristol Exhibition 1937 (79) by the Earl Waldegrave, three-quarter-length seated with Horace Walpole (but more likely with her husband John Damer).

1772
Oil by Reynolds lately in New York, see NPG 594.

c.1777
Marble statue by Ceracchi in British Museum, as the Muse of Sculpture, reproduced Percy Noble, Anne Seymour Damer, 1908, p 54 and exhibited 'The Age of Neo-Classicism', RA, 1972 (334).

1778
Marble bust self-portraits in British Museum (bequeathed by R. Payne Knight, destroyed 1940 and Uffizi (exhibited 'Firenze e l'Inghilterra', Florence, 1971, no.53); another with her husband is at Drayton House, Northamptonshire.

1779
Oil by Romney at Goodwood, half-length with sittings in April-June 1779.

1785
Miniatures by Cosway (NPG 5236).

1787-8
Drawings by Downman in British Museum - 1787 whole-length for the Duke of Richmond, and 1788 half-length in a large hat modelling (Williamson, IV, vi, 22 and III, iii, 36) ; another was at Sotheby's 15 February 1922 (9).

1787-9
She appears in two personal satires -'The Way To Keep Him', a private theatrical at Richmond House, and 'The Damerian Apollo' showing her chiselling the posterior of a large realistic Apollo (British Museum 7215 and 7585).

1793
Bookplate by Agnes Berry, the sculptress kneeling pointing to the tools of her trade, reproduced Percy Noble, Anne Seymour Damer, 1908, p 110.

c.1800
Portrait by Walker engraved by Mackenzie for Lady's Monthly Magazine, October 1801, half-length holding chisel.

1802
Bust (or possibly medallion) by Papera for Wedgwood (Rupert Gunnis, Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851, 1953, 289).

1812
Oil by G. C., engraved by Hopwood for Vernor Hood & Sharpe (?The Monthly Mirror) 1 January 1812.

c.1820-5
Oil by unknown artist, whole-length standing by her bust of Nellie Farren reproduced Percy Noble, Anne Seymour Damer, 1908, p 216 (then in Mrs F. Erskine Johnston's collection); Creevey at about this time expressed his 'admiration for this extraordinary person … she is 70 years of age and as fresh as if she was 50 …' (Creevey Papers, 11 February 1821).

c.1838
Bust or possibly wax by R. C. Lucas exhibited RA 1838 (1346).

Undated
Miniature attributed to Smart in private collection, identity doubtful.

Oil attributed to Reynolds in private collection London, half-length in ermine-trimmed robe/dress, listed by Algernon Graves & V. W. Cronin, History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1899, p 228, but identity doubtful, possibly Charlotte Fish.



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.