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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Seguier (1772-1843), Artist; first Keeper of the National Gallery

Seguier was enormously powerful in the art world of the Regency - Keeper of the British Institution, Surveyor of the King's Pictures and finally the first Keeper of the National Gallery in addition to acting as art adviser and agent for many of the leading private collectors of the day. His portraits are therefore strangely scarce.

Oil by John Jackson in National Gallery, painted for George Watson Taylor (see Martin Davies, The British School, National Gallery, 1959, p 71, no.6022 and detail reproduced Gregory Martin, Connoisseur, CLXXXVII, 1974 p 108).

Seguier probably appears as a background figure in the 'Imaginary Picture Gallery' by P. C. Wonder.

Plaster bust by E. H. Baily exhibited RA 1838 (1370) and lithographed by Miss Hannah Turner for her Sixty Portraits (unpublished).

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.