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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey (1773-1850), Scottish judge and critic; editor of the 'Edinburgh Review'

Scottish judge, critic and editor of The Edinburgh Review, 1803-29.

'... uncommonly bright black eyes, instinct with vivacity, intelligence and kindly fire; roundish brow, delicate oval face full of rapid expression; figure light, nimble, pretty, though so small, perhaps hardly five feet four in height; he had his gown, almost never any wig, wore his black hair rather closely cropped.' (Carlyle, Reminiscences, II, p 230).

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.