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Regency Portraits Catalogue

John Allen (1771-1843), Historian and resident physician at Holland House

Historian; Master of Dulwich College and constant companion and friend of Lord Holland and the Holland House circle.

'He was a stout strong man, with a very large head, broad face, enormous round silver spectacles on his nose, and with the thickest legs I ever remember. His accent Scotch, his manner eager but extremely good-natured …’ (General Charles Fox remembering Allen as he was in 1802, cited in llchester, The House of the Hollands, 1937, p 179).

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Ilchester 1937a
Lord Ilchester, The House of the Hollands, 1937.

Ilchester 1937b
Lord Ilchester, Chronicles of Holland House 1820-1900, 1937.


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.