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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman (1779-1854), Lord Chief Justice

Lord Chief Justice.

'His countenance was very expressive; the features high and strongly marked but well-formed and handsome, the whole face conveying an expression of sweetness combined with power. He was about five feet eleven inches in height, spare and strong in frame, capable and fond of vigorous exertion as is proved by his having more than once while at Cambridge walked thence to London with his friend Shadwell in little more than twelve hours including stoppages - thus keeping up the whole distance of somewhat over fifty miles, an average rate of more than four miles an hour' (Sir Joseph Arnould, Memoir of Thomas, First Lord Denman, 1873, p 27).

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Arnould 1873
Sir Joseph Arnould, Memoir of Thomas, First Lord Denman, 2 vols., 1873.

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.