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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Knibb (1803-1845), Missionary and slavery abolitionist

Lithograph by an unknown artist, head and shoulders vignette with facsimile of signature: William Knibb August 1st 1838.

Daguerreotype taken during his last visit to England in 1845, three-quarter-length seated to right, legs crossed, holding a book, engraved in line by J. Cochran for Hinton's Life, 1847, frontispiece. This may have been the portrait mentioned by Lewis as having been lent by the Baptist Missionary Society for Baxter's print (C. T. C. Lewis, George Baxter, 92); it also formed the basis for a lithograph vignette by Bell Smith printed by Hullmandel & Walton.

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.