2 of 16 portraits of James Boswell
- Extended catalogue entry
Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds
based on a work of circa 1785
28 1/2 in. x 23 3/4 in. (724 mm x 603 mm)
This portraitback to top
Until the discovery of NPG 4452, this was considered to be Reynolds’s original portrait of Boswell and was associated with references properly applicable only to NPG 4452.
Referenceback to top
M. Davies, National Gallery Catalogues, The British School, 1946 (describing NPG 1675 as the original portrait).
Graves & Cronin 1899-1901
A. Graves & W. V. Cronin, A History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, 4 vols., 1899-1901, I, pp 99-100 (describing NPG 1675 as the original portrait).
D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, 2 vols., 2000, no. 214b as a copy.
E. K. Waterhouse, Reynolds, 1941, p 79 (describing NPG 1675 as the original portrait).
Provenanceback to top
Sir Robert Peel after 18451 and before 1865; bought by the National Gallery 1871 (no.888); lent to the NPG 1912; ownership transferred to the Tate Gallery 1954 and to the NPG 1957.
1 Not in the Peel cat. in the Cabinet de l’Amateur, IV, 1845/6 (see M. Davies, National Gallery Catalogues, The British School, 1946, p 121).
Exhibitionsback to top
Parliament House, Edinburgh, 1973.
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.