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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Smith (1769-1839), Geologist and engineer

Drawing by Jackson in British Museum, half-length signed and dated: J Jackson del Feb 26 1831/Wm Smith Geologist, is possibly a copy of Jackson's oil mentioned by J. Elmes in Annals of the Fine Arts, 1820.

Oil by Hugues Fourau in the Geological Society, London, head and shoulders to left signed and dated 1837, with a lock of white hair set in the frame; engraving of it by T. A. Dean published 1837.

The Dictionary of National Biography mentions a portrait by Solomon Williams.

Self-portrait in pencil and chalk was with Bernard Quaritch in 1969 in a copy of the Rev William Buckland's Geology and Mineralogy, 1837, vol.II, inscribed in James Sowerby's hand: 'Portrait of Smith/the Father of Geology/Drawn by himself'.

Marble bust by M. Noble in University Museum, Oxford, exhibited RA 1848 (1456); marble copy in St Peter's Church, Northampton, and plaster cast in the Geological Society, London.

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.