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Samuel Bentham

Samuel Bentham, by Henry Edridge, circa 1795-1800 -NPG 3069 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Samuel Bentham

by Henry Edridge
circa 1795-1800
2 3/8 in. x 1 7/8 in. (60 mm x 48 mm) oval
NPG 3069

Inscriptionback to top

An early-nineteenth-century ink label removed from the verso inscribed: Samuel Bentham with above and below added in ink,1 apparently reinforcing older pencil inscriptions: Sir [before Samuel Bentham] [Lady?] Hookers/Brother of Jeremy Bentham/Father of G. Bentham FRS/Pres. Linn. Soc./by Eldridge [sic].

1 This hand recurs on the label of Jeremy Bentham NPG 3068.

This portraitback to top

A slightly larger, and possibly slightly later, miniature by Edridge is in the Victoria and Albert Musuem.

Referenceback to top

Binyon 1898-1907
L. Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists in the British Museum, 4 vols., 1898-1907.

Physical descriptionback to top

Blue eyes, grey powdered hair, wearing a white neckcloth, and blue coat over a scarlet waistcoat with a pale blue lining; warm ochre background.

Provenanceback to top

According to the inscription: the sitter’s son, George Bentham,1 whose collections passed to Sir Joseph and Lady Hooker; they sold much Bentham material to the British Museum,2 including NPG 3069 in 1897; transferred to the NPG in 1939.

1 George Bentham (1800-84), botanist, president of the Linnaean Society 1861-74; in 1854 he presented his family collections and books to Kew, where he worked with both Sir Walter and Sir Joseph Hooker.
2 Including much Bentham correspondence (Corr. of Jeremy Bentham, III, 1971, pp XVII-XVIII) and see also the painting of 1784 and, for Jeremy Bentham, NPG 3068 and the bronze of c.1825.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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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