Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Matthew Boulton (1728-1809), Industrialist and entrepreneur
'He was in person tall, and of a noble appearance; his temperament was sanguine, with that slight mixture of phlegmatic which gives calmness and dignity; his manners were eminently open and cordial' (Mary Schimmelpenninck, 1858)
‘Few men have had his abilities & still fewer have exerted them as he has done and if to them we add his urbanity, his generosity and his affection for his friends, we shall make up a character rarely to be equalled’ (James Watt, 1809).
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.