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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

William Shenstone (1714-1763), Poet and landscape gardener

'An admirable Likeness' by the Birmingham artist Daniel Bond, owned by the actor and dramatist Thomas Hull (1728-1808), [1] is now lost. A rather youthful looking head described as Shenstone by Alcock, in the Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, may be related to the portrait known only from the engraving by Clamp for the Biographical Mirror, 1795, lettered From an Original Picture in the possession of W. G. Waldron. Another untraced portrait engraved, 1821, by F. Engleheart for Effigies Poeticae, was stated to be from an original owned by William Roscoe. An engraved portrait which appeared as frontispiece to the 1764 edition of the sitter's works and which gave rise to a number of derivatives, is possibly based on NPG 263.

1) M. Williams, The Letters of William Shenstone, 1939, p 379, note 2, 568, notes 1, 2.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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.