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Thomas de Quincey

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Thomas de Quincey, by Sir John Robert Steell, 1875 -NPG 822 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Thomas de Quincey

by Sir John Robert Steell
26 1/4 in. (667 mm) high
NPG 822

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Incised on the back of the base: Jn STEELL. R.S.A./SCULPTt EDINr/1875

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Closely related to the posthumous marble bust of De Quincey by Steell of 1875 in the Scottish NPG, exhibited RA, 1876 (1495). It was apparently executed with the help of a death mask and other authentic material. [1] A marble replica of 1882 is at Worcester College, Oxford. William Bell Scott was a friend of Steell, and had met De Quincey. Another plaster cast, identical to the NPG bust, is reproduced The Bookman, XXXI (1907), 215.

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1) See J. Caw, Catalogue of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (5th edition, 1899), p 58.

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William Bell Scott, presented by him, 1889.

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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