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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Johan Joseph Zoffany (1733-1810), Painter of portraits and conversation pieces

Self Portraits
1756
Painting, as David with the head of Goliath, half length, right hand on chin. National Gallery Melbourne (illus. W. Pressly, 'Johan Zoffany as David the Annointed One', Apollo, CXLI, March 1995, p 51).

1757
Painting, Adoration of the Shepherds, with Zoffany on the extreme right, hand on heart. Mainfränkisches Museum, Würzburg (illus. W. Pressly, 'Johan Zoffany as David the Annointed One', Apollo, CXLI, March 1995, p 52).

1761
Painting, see NPG 399.

1769
Painting, William Ferguson as heir to Raith, with Zoffany seated holding a letter, on the extreme right. Private collection (illus. M. Webster, Johan Zoffany, exhibition catalogue, NPG, 1977, no.52).

1772-77
Painting, The Tribuna, Florence, with Zoffany in the left background holding up Raphael’s ‘Niccolini-Cowper’ Madonna. Royal Collection (Sir Oliver Millar, The Later Georgian Pictures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, I, 1969, no.1211).

1772
Painting, The Academicians of the Royal Academy, see NPG 1437.

1775
Painting, half length, right hand on chin. Florence, Uffizi (3293). Zoffany had been elected to the Accademia in Florence in 1773.

c.1775
Drawing, half length, a porte-crayon in his right hand which rests on his chin. British Museum (1927.4.19.1). Version exhibited English Drawings, Hazlitt Gooden & Fox, 1990 (30).

1776
Painting, half length, wearing a plumed hat, a palette in his left hand. Accademia Etrusca, Cortona (illus. W. Pressly, 'Genius Unveiled: The Self-Portraits of Johan Zoffany', Art Bulletin, LXIX, March 1987, p 99). Zoffany was elected to the Accademia in 1777-78. Version sold Sotheby’s, 16 May 1990, lot 38.

Painting, half length, an hourglass in his left hand, a skull in his right. Florence, Uffizi (illus. M. Webster, Johan Zoffany, exhibition catalogue, NPG, 1977, front.; W. Pressly, 'Genius Unveiled: The Self-Portraits of Johan Zoffany', Art Bulletin, LXIX, March 1987, p 89). Engraved C. Lasinio; G. Vascellini (from a drawing by Bozzolini). Miniature copy on the German art market 1993.

1779
Painting, half length, his hands inside a Franciscan cowl, as if hesitating to pull it over his head. Galleria Nazionale, Parma. (illus. W. Pressly, 'Genius Unveiled: The Self-Portraits of Johan Zoffany', Art Bulletin, LXIX, March 1987, p 93). Painted in Parma, where Zoffany was elected to the Accademia in 1778.

c.1780
Painting, with his daughter[?] and two musicians, his head in the background. Yale Center for British Art (B1977.14.88; illus. W. Pressly, 'Genius Unveiled: The Self-Portraits of Johan Zoffany', Art Bulletin, LXIX, March 1987, p 99). For the musicians, see NPG 5179.

1782
Drawing, half-length oval to front, a porte-crayon in his right hand held over his drawing board. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (1919).

1784-86
Painting, Colonel Mordaunt’s Cock Match, with Zoffany seated in the right background, porte-crayon in hand. Tate Gallery (T6856; illus. M. Archer, India and British Portraiture 1770-1825, 1979, p 150). Engraved 1792.

1786
Painting, Colonel Polier with his Friends, with Zoffany seated centre right, painting a group of Hindus. Victoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta (illus. W. Pressly, 'Genius Unveiled: The Self-Portraits of Johan Zoffany', Art Bulletin, LXIX, March 1987, p 100). Painted in Lucknow.

c.1795-1800
Painting, half length seated to right wearing spectacles, a palette in his left hand, a hookah in his left. Private collection; Sotheby’s, 13 July 1988, lot 189 withdrawn. Previously offered to the NPG in 1868 (Sir George Scharf's Trustees' Sketch Books, 13/57).

Painting, seated, with four children, his wife and a nurse (illus. G. C. Williamson & Lady Victoria Manners, John Zoffany, R.A., his life and works, 1920, f.p.132); sold in two pieces, Christie’s, 22 March 1974, lot 52.

Zoffany also showed himself playing very minor roles in two Indian history pictures: the Embassy of Hyderbeck to Calcutta, 1796 (engraved R. Earlom 1800; illus. M. Webster, Johan Zoffany, exhibition catalogue, NPG, 1977, no.114; M. Archer, India and British Portraiture 1770-1825, 1979, pp 174-75), and Death of the Royal Tyger, c.1785 (engraved R. Earlom 1802; illus. M. Archer, India and British Portraiture 1770-1825, 1979, p 169).

c.1795
Drawing, see NPG 2536.

Portraits by other Artists
c.1759
Unattributed painting, standing three-quarter length, with palette and brushes. Mainfränkisches Museum, Würzburg (illus. M. Webster, Johan Zoffany, exhibition catalogue, NPG, 1977, no.5 as by Zoffany; W. Pressly, 'Johan Zoffany as David the Annointed One', Apollo, CXLI, March 1995, p 52 as artist unknown). Inscribed in a later hand: Joseph Zofanÿ ... London se ipse pinx.

c.1765
Unattributed miniature, bust-length oval, wearing van Dyck costume. Private collection (illus. G. C. Williamson & Lady Victoria Manners, John Zoffany, R.A., his life and works, 1920, f.p.128). Exhibited Zoffany, NPG, 1977 (136) lent Dr E. Forbes Roberts.

c.1780
Unattributed miniature, bust-length oval. Victoria and Albert Museum (P.2.1954). Exhibited Zoffany, NPG, 1977 (137).

c.1790
Unattributed miniature, right hand on chin. Private collection (illus. G. C. Williamson & Lady Victoria Manners, John Zoffany, R.A., his life and works, 1920, f.p.116). Exhibited Zoffany, NPG, 1977 (138) lent Dr E. Forbes Roberts.

1793
Drawing by George Dance, profile bust to left, dated 1 June 1793. Royal Academy. Engraved W. Daniell 1814 (A Collection of Portraits sketched from the Life since the Year 1973 by George Dance Esqr. R.A. and engraved in imitation of the Original Drawings by William Daniell, A.R.A., 2 vols, 1814). A second drawing exhibited Sublime and the Beautiful, Sabin, 1973 (35).

1795
Painting by Henry Singleton, President and Members of the Royal Academy. A potrait of Zoffany by Singleton exhibited RA 1798 (276) was probably connected with this group (cf. Richard Cosway and Thomas Sandby).

Doubtful Portraits
Painting attributed to Zoffany, An Artist’s Studio, Uffizi, Florence (Firenze e l’Inghilterra, Florence, 1971, no.105).



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.