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Thomas de Quincey

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Thomas de Quincey, by Sir John Watson-Gordon, circa 1845 -NPG 189 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Thomas de Quincey

by Sir John Watson-Gordon
circa 1845
50 1/8 in. x 39 7/8 in. (1273 mm x 1013 mm)
NPG 189

This portraitback to top

An oil study and a half-length replica of this portrait are in the Scottish NPG. A related pencil drawing was in the collection of Mrs Rawnsley of Grasmere in 1955, apparently that now at Dove Cottage.

Physical descriptionback to top

Sallow complexion, dark grey-green eyes, brown hair. Dressed in a white shirt, dark stock, black waistcoat and trousers, dark brown coat. Seated in a wooden armchair with green covering. Wooden table at right with brown leather-bound book and an unidentified red object behind. Background colour brown.

Provenanceback to top

The artist, presented by his brother H. G. Watson, 1865.

Exhibitionsback to top

RA, 1845 (413); SKM, 1868 (622).

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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