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James Boswell

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

James Boswell

by George Dance
1793
10 in. x 7 1/4 in. (254 mm x 184 mm)
NPG 1139

Inscriptionback to top

Signed in ink, bottom right: Geo: Dance.; a reinforced ink inscription, bottom left: April 28th.1793; laid down on a contemporary washed mount.

This portraitback to top

A copy with a plain background, probably by William Daniell, was on the London art market in 1991; another in reverse by J. T. Smith, presumably after Daniell’s print, last sold Sotheby’s, 19 July 1979, lot 100. [1]

Footnotesback to top

1) Illus. Connoisseur, CLXXVII, 1971, p 69.

Provenanceback to top

The artist's grandson, the Rev George Dance; his sale, Christie's, 1 July 1898, lot 22, bought Colnaghi for the NPG.

Exhibitionsback to top

RA 1795 (586); Johnson and the Lichfield Circle, Lichfield, 1959 (2); Belle de Zuylen et son époque, Paris, Amsterdam, 1961 (79); Rosseau, Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, 1962 (358); Garrick and his Contemporaries, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1969 (52); George Dance; Geffrye Museum, 1972 (79); George Dance, Bath Preservation Trust, 1982; Johnson and the Midlands, Lichfield, 1984 (38).

Reproductionsback to top

W. Daniell 1802 (A Collection of Portraits sketched from the Life since the Year 1973 by George Dance Esqr. R.A. and engraved in imitation of the Original Drawings by William Daniell, A.R.A., 2 vols, 1814); W. Hawksworth 1848; etching by B. H.


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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