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William Bligh

William Bligh, by George Dance, 1794 -NPG 1138 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

William Bligh

by George Dance
1794
10 in. x 7 1/2 in. (254 mm x 191 mm)
NPG 1138

Inscriptionback to top

Signed and dated in pencil lower left: Geo: Dance/May 31st.1794; laid down on a contemporary washed mount lettered: CAPN BLIGH.

This portraitback to top

Shown in civilian dress while he was at home on half pay following his return from the second successful breadfruit voyage (1791-93). No engraving of this drawing is recorded.

Referenceback to top

Callender 1936
G. Callender, ‘The Portraiture of Blight’, The Mariner’s Mirror, XXII, 1936, p 175.

Provenanceback to top

The artist's grandson, the Rev George Dance; his sale, Christie's, 1 July 1898, lot 21, bought Colnaghi for the NPG.

Exhibitionsback to top

Captain Cook, Oregon, 1974-75 (132); Mutiny on the Bounty, National Maritime Museum, 1989 (157).


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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