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Regency Portraits Catalogue

John Raphael Smith (1752-1812), Portrait painter, engraver and pastellist

Self-portraits, see NPG 981.

Marble bust by Chantrey in V&A Museum, signed and dated 1825, exhibited in the Chantrey Exhibition, NPG, 1980 (10) and reproduced in catalogue and in Margaret Whinney, Sculpture in Britain 1530-1830, 1964, plate 187a; plaster model exhibited RA 1811 (936) is now Ashmolean Museum (633121). The marble was ordered in 1824, executed 1827 for £105 but was not paid for and remained with Chantrey until 1835 (Sir Francis Chantrey’s Ledgers of Accounts, p 176).

Pencil and watercolour drawing by S. De Wilde in British Museum, half-length laughing and leaning chin on hand (Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists … in the British Museum, II, 32).

Brown ink drawing by Thomas Girtin in the 'Shepherd sketchbook' at Sotheby's 7 July 1977 (46), whole-length seated smoking and inscribed: Citizen waiting for the Mail Coach/John Raphael Smith sketch'd from the life by T Girtin.

Julia Frankau mentions 'a charming miniature by James Leakey of Smith in his old age' (Julia Frankau, John Raphael Smith, 1902, p 35).

Several drawings by his friend George Morland probably exist but are not recorded in the NPG archive.

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.