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William Dance

William Dance, by George Dance, 1800 -NPG 3058 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Dance

by George Dance
10 1/8 in. x 7 5/8 in. (257 mm x 194 mm)
NPG 3058

Inscriptionback to top

Signed: Geo. Dance/Octr 25th 1800.

This portraitback to top

The drawing is by the sitter's uncle, the identification resting on a pencil inscription: William Dance, Musician/by George Dance R.A. (the last half in M. H. Spielmann's handwriting) formerly on the back of the mount and now in registered packet in NPG archive 3058. A lithograph from 'a Sketch by W. P. Sherlock' shows him about fifteen years later but with a marked resemblance. A drawing in the Royal College of Music is less convincing.

Provenanceback to top

Rev George Dance sale Christie's, 1 July 1898 (41); given by M. H. Spielmann 1939.

Exhibitionsback to top

'George Dance', Geffrye Museum, 1972 (10).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, 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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