Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Tobias George Smollett (1721-1771), Novelist
His health failing, he wrote to his friend the Scottish surgeon John Hunter in the spring of 1770: 'If I can prevail upon my wife to execute my last will, you shall receive my poor carcase in a box after I am dead to be placed among your rarities. I am already so dry and emaciated that I may pass for an Egyptian mummy without any other preparation than some pitch and painted linen.' 
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Referencesback to topKnapp 1949
L. W. Knapp, Tobias Smollett, 1949.
Knapp (ed.) 1970
The Letters of Tobias Smollett, ed. L. W. Knapp, 1970.
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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.