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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Richard Watson (1737-1816), Cleric and chemist

1769
Painting by Joshua Reynolds, three-quarter length standing in black gown, in his laboratory. National Museum, Havana (D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, I, 2000, no.1844). Exhibited Second special exhibition of National Portraits (William and Mary to MDCCC), South Kensington, 1867 (836) lent C. Knight Watson. Offered to the NPG in 1930.

1787-88
Painting by George Romney, three-quarter length standing as Bishop in civilian dress with hat. Trinity College Cambridge (H. Ward & W. Roberts, Romney, A Biographical and Critical Essay with a Catalogue Rainsonné of his Works, II, pp 167-68). ‘The delightful conversational talents of this learned divine must have given ... an impulse to the genius of the painter; for certainly a finer portrait was never painted’ (Rev. John Romney, Memoirs of the Life and Works of George Romney ... also some particulars of the life of Peter Romney, his Brother, 1830, p 199). See NPG 1075. Engraved J. Jones 1793 and 1794, J. Hopwood 1804, H. Meyer 1809, H. R. Cook 1810, W. Holl 1816, W. T. Fry 1817 and F. Engleheart 1823. Version sold Sotheby’s, 25 February 1970, lot 110.

1787
Caricature etching by J. Sayers, Eloquence founded on chemical principles, whole length in rochet and chimere (M. D. George, British Museum, Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires, VI, 7147).

1798
Engraving by J. Chapman, bust-length oval in rochet and chimere.

Undated
Pastel by James Sharples, bust length. Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery (Cat. of the Sharples Coll., Bristol, 1910, no.42).

Doubtful Portraits
Painting attributed to L. F. Abbott, sold Christie’s, 20 November 1936, lot 116.



This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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.