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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827), Satirical draughtsman

1784
Watercolour self-portraits in A Tour in a Post Chaise, 1784, reproduced John Hayes, Rowlandson, 1972, pp 15 and 17 and in Spink's Exhibition of Rowlandson Drawings, 1978, no.27.

1795
Drawing by Jack Bannister known from a copy by J. Grego inscribed: Rowlandson/an excellent resemblance/Jno Bannister Delin. June 4th 1795, reproduced John Hayes, Rowlandson, 1972, p 20.

c.1795
Chalk and wash drawing by J. R. Smith in British Museum (Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists … in the British Museum, IV, p 109 and reproduced John Hayes, Rowlandson, 1972, p 20).

1814-15
Drawings by Harlow and Jackson (NPG 2813 and 2198).

1824
Ink and wash drawing by J. T. Smith in Metropolitan Museum, New York, head and shoulders seated drawing, inscribed: Drawn from my old friend Thos. Rowlandson Esq./in the Print Room of the British Museum, June 15 1824. John Thomas Smith and signed by Rowlandson himself probably two years later: Thos Rowlandson/aged 70 (reproduced John Hayes, Rowlandson, 1972, p 22).

Undated
Drawing by Rowlandson in Wiggin Collection, Boston Public Library, shows an artist, possibly Rowlandson himself, back view sketching near a farm, reproduced A. W. Heintzelman, Thomas Rowlandson, NY, 1947, p 47.

Doubtful
Doubtful portraits of Rowlandson are sometimes reproduced as authentic: an etching 'T Rowlandson The Caricaturist' shows a heavily-built young man holding a paper; a drawing of a young man in a hat laughing is used in J. Grego, Rowlandson the Caricaturist, 1880, vol.1, as frontispiece; and a late 19th century mezzotint, head and shoulders in an oval in rectangle with facsimile of signature, is also unauthenticated.



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.