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Sir William Chambers

Sir William Chambers, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, probably late 1770s -NPG 3159 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Sir William Chambers

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
probably late 1770s
8 1/2 in. x 7 in. (216 mm x 178 mm)
NPG 3159

This portraitback to top

A pedantic copy of the Reynolds portrait of 1779 in the Royal Academy. The old mount was inscribed in pencil: Dr Wm Chambers/by Houghton/after Reynolds - possibly the silhouettist Samuel Houghton (d. 1796).

Physical descriptionback to top

Holding a plan with two rows of three columns each.

Provenanceback to top

Mrs M. F. Warner; Sotheby’s, 2 June 1943, lot 10 (with three others), bought Arthur Spencer (Siddons Gallery, London), from whom purchased 1943.1

1 One of eight drawings; see also NPG 3160.

Exhibitionsback to top

Royal Family at Kew, Richmond, 1994.


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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