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John Burnet

John Burnet, by William Simson, 1841 -NPG 935 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

John Burnet

by William Simson
36 in. x 27 3/4 in. (914 mm x 705 mm)
NPG 935

Inscriptionback to top

Signed and dated (bottom right): Wm Simson. 1841

This portraitback to top

Burnet, as a prominent engraver, must have known Graves, one of the leading publishers of engravings in a professional capacity. Graves also bequeathed a portrait of John Boydell (NPG 934), another famous engraver.

Physical descriptionback to top

Clear, healthy complexion, dark blue eyes, brown hair with grey wisps. Dressed in a white shirt, dark stock, plum red velvet(?) waistcoat, black coat, gold watch-chain and gold chain across his shirt, brown kid(?) gloves. His left arm resting on a brown and red leather-bound book on a brown support. Background colour brown.

Provenanceback to top

Bequeathed by Henry Graves, 1892.

Exhibitionsback to top

RA, 1841 (567).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, 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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