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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744-1817), Writer and inventor

1780
Miniature by John Smart (listed by D. Foskett, John Smart, 1964, p 66); see also doubtful portraits below.

1785
Miniature by Horace Hone, see NPG 5069.

1787
Drawing by Adam Buck, with his third wife, Elizabeth, née Sneyd, and ten children, oval. Christie’s, 16 December 1969, lot 170. Anon. lithograph National Gallery Ireland (11,508). A later oval copy in a private collection 1967.

c.1790
Drawing by John Comerford, whole length, hat in left hand. National Gallery Ireland (7883; illus. P. Caffrey, John Comerford and the Portrait Miniature in Ireland c.1620-1850, exhibition catalogue, Kilkenny Archaeological Society, 1999, p 13).

c.1795
Painting by H. D. Hamilton, half length. National Gallery Ireland (1350). Engraved A. Cardon 1812. On 7 January 1811 John Comerford completed a portrait of ‘Edgworth’ ‘after Hamilton’ (NPG archive; see P. Caffrey, John Comerford and the Portrait Miniature in Ireland c.1620-1850, exhibition catalogue, Kilkenny Archaeological Society, 1999, p 68).

1803
Plaster plaque by John Henning. Examples Scottish NPG (PG 2135) and exhibited Great Irish Women, Belfast, 1965 (62) lent Mrs Colvin.

1811
Portrait by John Comerford, see c.1795 above.

Doubtful Portraits
Unattributed portrait, called The Edgeworth Family - Richard Lovel and Maria Edgeworth, exhibited Dublin 1872 (NPG section, no.416), lent Edgeworth; miniature by John Smart, dated 1807, sold Bonham’s, 22 November 1993, lot 124.



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.