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Regency Portraits Catalogue

John Dalton (1766-1844), Chemist and natural philosopher

Chemist, natural philosopher and a pioneer in the field of nuclear physics.

'The massive contour of Dalton's head impresses you with the stamp of intellectual power … His prominent eyebrows shaded the deep-set eyes of quick discernment, whilst the use of large spectacles added to his general philosophic seeming and force of character. In his marked nose, rather massive jaws, and firm deep chin, you saw the sturdy race of the "north countrie".' (Dr Lonsdale quoted by H. E. Roscoe, John Dalton, 1895, p 185).

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Brockbank 1944
E. M. Brockbank, John Dalton, 1944.

Henry 1854
W. C. Henry, Memoirs of … John Dalton, 1854.

Memoirs and Proceedings of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society.

Roscoe 1895
H. E. Roscoe, John Dalton, 1895.

Smyth 1966
A. L. Smyth, John Dalton 1766-1844: a Bibliography, Manchester, 1966.


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.