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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Robert Smirke (1753-1845), Painter and illustrator

Crayon self-portrait in family collection, Canada.

Drawing by George Dance in RA library, head and shoulders profile dated 29 March 1793; a later drawing attributed to Dance 1810 was at Sotheby's 25 May 1955 (49), possibly a copy by Mary Smirke (see Farington's Diary, 28 July 1797 where he describes Mary's skill at copying Dance drawings).

Oil by H. Singleton, 'The Royal Academicians in General Assembly', exhibited 'Treasures of the Royal Academy', RA, 1963 (264), engraved by Bestland 1802.

Drawing by Mary Smirke, copy by Jackson (NPG 2672).

Bust attributed to E. H. Baily (NPG 4525).

Several miniatures by Sir William Newton - 'one of rather large dimensions, which his family regard as a most characteristic likeness, is still in our possession' (letter from Sir Edward Smirke, 15 January 1868 in NPG archive).

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.