3 of 16 portraits of James Boswell
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after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil and wax crayon on paper, circa 1830-1839, based on a work of circa 1790-1795
6 1/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. (159 mm x 121 mm)
Given by Harold Hartley, 1935
Sitterback to top
- James Boswell (1740-1795), Biographer of Dr Johnson. Sitter associated with 16 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 689 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Capturing Boswell late in life, this semi-caricature presents a rather self-important looking man. The exaggerated double chin and protruding nose reflect what the writer Fanny Burney (1752-1840) called his 'comic serious face and manner'.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 63
- Levey, Michael, Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1979 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 November 1979 - 16 March 1980)
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 68
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