Sir Humphry Davy, Bt
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Sir Humphry Davy, Bt
by Thomas Phillips
oil on canvas, 1821
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
Artistback to top
- Thomas Phillips (1770-1845), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 216 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Painted for Davy's friend, John Lambton, later Earl of Durham, who had worked with him at Bristol as a student under the care of Dr Beddoes. In a frame of a type frequently used by Phillips, ornamented in a Regency foliage design in compo.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Hart-Davis, Adam, Chain Reactions, 2000, p. 167
- Holmes, Richard, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2013, p. 88
- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 73
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 168
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 148
Events of 1821back to top
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