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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Holcroft (1745-1809), Dramatist and writer

Oils by Opie (see NPG 3130 and 512).

Miniature by John Condé engraved by Condé himself for The European Magazine, 1 August 1792.

Black and red chalk drawing by Lawrence in private collection Oxford (Kenneth Garlick, ‘Catalogue of Paintings, Drawings and Pastels of Sir Thomas Lawrence’ in Walpole Society Journal, XXXIX, 1964, p 228), seated in profile with William Godwin during the 'treason' trial at the Old Bailey 5 December 14.

Pencil and red chalk drawing by Dance in British Museum, profile to left signed and dated: Geo: Dance, May 15th 1795 (Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists … in the British Museum, II, p 5); soft-ground etching in reverse by Daniell included among the additional plates in Eminent Characters.

Chalk drawing by Drummond engraved by Ridley for The Monthly Mirror, 31 December 1799 - 'sat to Mr Drummond … taken in crayons, size of life' (Diary, 5-6 March 1799).

Drawing by Emma Smith engraved in stipple by Freeman 1805.

Oil attributed to Hickey sold Christie's 27 January 1978 (44), three-quarter-length seated as a young man in a dark coat, ruffled shirt, holding quill; this was at Christie's 18 July 1891 (83) property of Mrs Cox, as by Romney (H. Ward & W. Roberts, Romney, 1904, p 79).

Oil attributed to Phillips at Christie's 1 May 1964 (93), half-length seated holding a letter, identity doubtful and not mentioned in Phillips's Sitter Book.

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.