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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Peter Dollond (1731-1820), Optician

Optician, of Huguenot descent; a silk weaver in Spitalfields with his father John Dollond FSA (d. 1761), but their interest in the science of optics led them to set up their own successful shop in 1750; although not mathematically gifted, Peter developed his father’s achromatic and refracting telescopes (observing from Greenwich the transit of Venus in 1769).


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.