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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Sir Matthew Wood, 1st Bt (1768-1843), Lord Mayor of London

1815-16
Oil by Beechey offered to NPG in 1861, half-length in lord mayor's robes, not mentioned in Beechey's Account Books but sketched by Scharf (Sir George Scharf’s Trustees’ Sketchbooks, VI, 46).

Oil in Guildhall Council Chamber, unattributed in Guildhall Catalogue 1910 but by W. P. Courtney in Dictionary of National Biography to Lady Bell who exhibited a portrait of the Lord Mayor RA 186 (230), engraved as mezzotint by W. Dickinson 1817 (John Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotint Portraits, 90).

Oil by A. W. Devis (NPG 1481).

Oil by Samuel Drummond (photograph in NPG) known from a stipple vignette by T. Blood in The European Magazine, 1 May 1816, head and shoulders in lord mayor's robes and throne.

1816
Oil by W. Thomas exhibited RA 1816 (315).

c.1816
Silhouette by John Miers mentioned by George Bates, see NPG 1481.

1817
Medal by T. Halliday in British Museum, struck by E. Thomason to commemorate the three innocent Irishmen rescued by Wood from hanging (see NPG 1481), incised: INDIGENCE RELIEVED. INNOCENCE PROTECTED. CONSPIRACY DEFEATED. (Laurence Brown, British Historical Medals, 1980, 956 and reproduced by Colonel M. H. Grant in 'Medals of queer men', Connoisseur, XCIX, 1937, p 143.

Oil by John Hazlitt exhibited RA 1817 (380).

Miniature by W. Patten (junior) exhibited RA 1817 (577).

1818
Bust by J. C. Bubb exhibited RA 1818 (1057).

1819-20
Satires by Richard Dighton, 'ABSOLUTE WISDOM' and 'A View in the Justice Room, GUILDHALL'.

1820
'The Trial of Queen Caroline' by Hayter (NPG 999).

Drawing by Abraham Wivell known from a stipple vignette by Cooper published by T. Kelly, 1 July 1820.

1821
Oil by Lonsdale exhibited RA 1821 (126).

c.1825
Oil by S. P. Denning exhibited Third Exhibition of National Portraits, South Kensington, 1868 (219) lent by Lord Justice Sir W. Page Wood (Wood's son and later Lord Hatherley), half-length holding paper and spectacles.



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.