Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Adam Smith (1723-1790), Political economist
‘in stature he somewhat exceeded the ordinary size, and his countenance was manly and agreeable’ (William Smellie, 1800).
‘I am a beau in nothing but my books’ (Adam Smith).
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.