Charles Abbott, 1st Baron Tenterden

Charles Abbott, 1st Baron Tenterden

by John Hollins, after William Owen
oil on canvas, 1850, based on a work exhibited in 1819
55 in. x 43 in. (1397 mm x 1092 mm)
Given by Society of Judges and Serjeants-at-Law, 1877
Primary Collection
NPG 481

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  • John Hollins (1798-1855), Painter. Artist associated with 5 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • William Owen (1769-1825), Painter. Artist associated with 97 portraits.

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Ken Reedie (formerly Curator of Canterbury Museums)

13 January 2016, 19:27

The BM entry for its print portrait of Charles Abbott by SW Reynolds after Owen says that he is holding a handkerchief in his left hand. Canterbury Council has an almost identical portrait to NPG 481 and attributed to Hollins. The City Archives record that the donor to Canterbury in 1851 - John Plummer - stated he had had his copy made by Hollins after that by Own for Corpus Christi, but that he had had him hold a deed rather than the pair of gold embroidered gloves in the Owen and in NPG 481 which were a remembrance of Abbott having been presented with them by Oxford on his first circuit there as a judge. He adds that the then present [1851] Lord Tenterden thought so well of the Hollins copy that he had another made by Hollins for presentation to Sergeants Inn [the Society of Judges and Sergeants-at-Law then gave it to NPG]

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