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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt (1778-1829), Natural philosopher

Satirical etching by Gillray, 'Scientific Researches! - New Discoveries in Pneumatics! -‘ Davy as assistant lecturer at the Royal Institution holds a pair of bellows (coloured impression in British Museum, 9923).

Oil by Henry Howard exhibited RA 1803 (5) (NPG 4591).

Small pastel drawing by James Sharples in Bristol Art Gallery (20).

Wax 'medallion portrait done from life' by John Henning sent to Wedgwood in 1810 (Rupert Gunnis, Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851, 1953, p 197); a pencil drawing signed and dated '1810 sketch of my Drawing of Sir H. Davy' was in an album of portrait studies by Henning at Christie's 4 March 1975 (2).

Chalk drawing by W. Lane exhibited RA 1810 (543) in the Royal Institution, London (RC 0057).

Oil by A. J. Oliver exhibited RA 1812 (284), probably the portrait on the staircase of the Royal Institution (RC 0061), whole-length in brown suit, seated in yellow upholstered armchair, Cruikshank battery on floor.

Terracotta bust by Anne Seymour Damer, dated 1813 and exhibited RA 1814 (768) now in the Royal Institution (RC 0056); a marble copy by John Mason exhibited SBA 1829.

Oil by Thomas Phillips (NPG 2546).

Drawings by Jackson (NPG 1794 and others).

Oil by Lawrence in Royal Society collection (see NPG 1573).

Oil by Lonsdale exhibited RA 1822 (311) untraced but known from Worthington's line engraving, published March 1827 and used as frontispiece to J. A. Paris, Life of Sir Humphry Davy, 1831.

Marble bust by S. Joseph in Royal Institution, given by Sir Humphry Davy Rolleston 1915.

Wax medallion by J. Tayler in Royal Society.

Plaster bust in Royal Society, restored by Miss Levick.

Marble bust by E. B. Stephens, exhibited RA 1847 (1365), untraced.

Caen stone statue by A. Munro in University Museum, Oxford (Illustrated London News, 13 October 1860, pp 339, Pevsner, Oxfordshire, p 282).

'Men of Science Living in 1807-8' by Sir John Gilbert (NPG 1075).

Monument by Salter & Perrow exhibited RA 1862 (912) 'to be erected at Penzance, Cornwall'.

Stone statue by M. Noble on NW corner of Civil Service Commission, Burlington Gardens, London (Rupert Gunnis, Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851, 1953, p 274).

Colossal stone statue by W. and T. Wills in Penzance, Cornwall; watercolour drawing by Miss W. Bennett (1914) in Royal Institution (RC 0255).

Davy Medal by A. Bruce-Joy (NPG 1273).

Bronze bust in Royal Institution, anon. sculptor, probably late 19th century (RC 0055 presented by Dr Rudolph Messel 1900).

Rowlandson's satirical drawing in the Museum of London, 'Mr Acchum Professor of Chemistry - Lecturing at the Surry Institution 1809' was published as an engraving and is sometimes wrongly described as Humphry Davy lecturing (see Grego, II, 366 and M. D. George in British Museum Catalogue, 11605); for the refutation see Renate Burgess, 'Humphry Davy or Friedrich Accum: a Question of Identification' in Medical History, XVI, 3, 3 July 1972.

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.