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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859), Writer; author of 'Confessions of an Opium Eater'

A painting by J. Archer is in the City Art Gallery, Manchester; a group drawing by Archer of 1855, showing De Quincey with his family, was in the collection of Mrs Baird Smith, his granddaughter, reproduced H. A. Eaton, Thomas De Quincey (1936), facing p 492; another drawing by Archer, showing De Quincey alone, but in the same pose as in the group drawing, is at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, reproduced H. A. L. Rice, Lake Country Portraits (1967), facing p 6, exhibited Cumbrian Characters, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, 1968 (58), engraved anonymously (example in NPG); an early miniature by an unknown artist was in the collection of Mrs Baird Smith, reproduced De Quincey Memorials, edited H. H. Japp (1891), I, frontispiece; a drawing by T. Hood was sold Christie's, 17 March 1865 (lot 26), sketched by Scharf, Sir George Scharf's Trustees' Sketch Books (NPG archives), IX, 32; a bust by J. Cassidy is in the Moss Side Public Library, Glasgow, reproduced Bookman, XXXI (1907), 211; plaster medallions by S. Wood are in the Scottish NPG, Dove Cottage, and formerly collection of Mrs Baird Smith, the latter reproduced Bookman, XXXI (1907), 215; there is a lithograph by F. Schenck of 1845, after 'WHD' (example in Scottish NPG); there are engravings by F. Croll and by Dawson, after a daguerreotype by Howie junior (examples in NPG); the same daguerreotype was also engraved for the Bookman, XXXI (1907), 211; an engraving by W. H. Mote was published A. and C. Black (example in NPG); there are two photographs at Dove Cottage, one of these reproduced H. S. Davies, Thomas De Quincey (British Council, Writers and their Work series, 1964), frontispiece.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, 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.