- Extended catalogue entry
Regency Portraits Catalogue
by John Thomas Smith
13 1/2 in. x 9 in. (343 mm x 229 mm)
Inscriptionback to top
Inscribed: Geo. Arnald A.R.A. by J. T. Smith and a collector's mark Oc; on the back in pencil: George Arnald Artist/Drawing by J. T. Smith.
This portraitback to top
The two NPG pictures, Arnald's self-portrait and J. T. Smith's drawing, are linked in that they both show the subject in his studio at approximately the same date, though from different angles. Smith was an old friend and has used several Arnald views as illustrations in his Antiquities of Westminster, 1807-10. He mentions Arnald affectionately in A Book for a Rainy Day and Nollekens and his Times. The self-portrait is dated 1831 but may be earlier; this drawing, in which Arnald appears to be some years older, cannot have been done much later as Smith died in 1833.
Physical descriptionback to top
Whole-length nearly back view seated in his studio painting a Poussinesque landscape, palette, brushes, long mahl-stick, spectacles, painting-cloak, adjustable stool: in the background is a bookcase to right; to left the same large landscape, 'The Castle of Doom', that forms the background of NPG 5254.
Provenanceback to top
Bought from Parker Gallery (T. H. Parker) 1922.
Exhibitionsback to top
'Artists at Work' NPG Loan Exhibition 1981-2 (31).
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.
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