Regency Portraits Catalogue
Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840), Painter and scientist
Oil by William Nicholson known from a scarce mezzotint by Edward Burton; watercolour drawing by Nicholson, exhibited Scottish Academy 1827 (166) was offered by his son, James, in 1872 (Scharf's sketch in Trustees’ Sketchbooks, XVIII, 58); oil copy by James Nasmyth dated 1884 in Aberdeen Art Gallery.
Oil by Geddes in Royal Scottish Academy; Geddes published an etching c.1826 of which 9 states are listed by Campbell Dodgson in Walpole Society Journal, V, 1917, the 5th state illus.
Oil by Reinagle, half-length as a youth with palette and brushes, used as a woodcut in James Nasmyth, Autobiography, 1833, p 26.
Cameo by Samuel Joseph in James Nasmyth, Autobiography, 1833, p 230.
He appears in Sir William Allan's 'The Edinburgh Dilettanti Club' (James Nasmyth, Autobiography, 1833, p 35).
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