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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

George Allan (1736-1800), Antiquary and topographer

Antiquary, of Blackwell Grange, Darlington; attorney and collector of manuscripts; from c.1768 he maintained a private press producing antiquarian books and pamphlets; married 1) 1766 Ann Nicholson (see NPG 4308); FSA 1774.

‘he wrote almost a quire for every day he lived. His habits were very regular and temperate ... he rose at half past seven, very seldom took any exercise, and scarce ate any animal food at all. About three glasses of wine was his allowance at dinner. He drank tea but seldom ate supper’ (J. Nichols, Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century, 1812-1815).

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.