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Thomas Beddoes

Thomas Beddoes, by Sampson Towgood Roche, 1794 -NPG 5070 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Beddoes

by Sampson Towgood Roche
1794
2 3/8 in. x 1 7/8 in. (60 mm x 48 mm) oval
NPG 5070

Inscriptionback to top

Signed and dated in grey paint: S. Roch 1794.

Physical descriptionback to top

Head and shoulders in black coat, blue striped cream waistcoat, white linen and cravat, white powdered hair in queue; gold riveted double locket with plaited hair.

Provenanceback to top

Family possession descending to Miss Alice Blandford (Anna Beddoes's great-granddaughter), her niece Miss Beddoes, her granddaughter Mrs Tana Fletcher, Christie's 10 February 1976 (39) among a group of six Edgeworth family miniatures; bought Leggatt for the NPG 1976.
The provenance shows a continuous family ownership since the miniature was painted in 1794, the year after Beddoes had established the Pneumatic Institute at Clifton. He married on 17 April 1794 at Edgeworthstown, Ireland, and the miniature could have been a wedding present for Anna Edgeworth (Memoirs of R. L. Edgeworth, 1821, II, p 133). Roche had a flourishing practice in Bath from 1792 onwards.


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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