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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Sir John Leslie (1766-1832), Scientist and mathematician

c.1805
Chalk drawing by Henning in Scottish NPG (660), possibly done at the time of Leslie's election as FRS.

1817
Etching by Kay, 'Demonstration or Cause and Effect' (Kay's Portraits, II, p 140); Kay's caricature which shows Leslie in top-hat and frock-coat was adapted as a stipple engraving by Wastle for Lockhart's Peter's Letters, 1819 showing the Professor lecturing at a desk.

c.1820-5
Satirical coloured etching, no.2 of London XYZ published by John Anderson junior, 55 North Bridge St, shows a corpulent top-hatted figure shuffling along deep in thought, possibly related to Crombie's profile below.

c.1822
Plaster bust by Joseph exhibited RA 1822 (1001); marble copy by John Rhind in Scottish NPG (291).

1825
Drawing from life in Paris 1825 engraved by Tardieu for Iconographie.

c.1825
Oil by Alexander Chisholm, perhaps that exhibited RA 1825 (646) as 'Portrait of a Gentleman', is known from a stipple engraving by Cook in Jerdan's National Portrait Gallery, 1833, half-length ponderous in academic gown.

c.1830
Oil by Wilkie engraved by Horsburgh 'from an original Painting ... in the possession of Robert Ferguson Esq MP'.

Undated
Stipple vignette by Johnstone after a portrait by B. W. Crombie, plate in Chambers Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen, 1835.



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.