2 of 13 portraits of William Godwin
- Extended catalogue entry
Regency Portraits Catalogue
by James Northcote
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
Inscriptionback to top
Signed and dated lower right: James Northcote pinx./1802 and repeated on back of stretcher.
This portraitback to top
Godwin's diary records sittings to Northcote 10 July 1801 and 12 May 1802. James Northcote's list of paintings lists it under the year 1802, 'A head of Godwin/paid for on March 15th Ten pounds'. Dawe worked on his mezzotint during the summer of 1802 and thereafter the portrait probably hung in Godwin's house in Gower Place until it was inherited by his son-in-law Sir Percy Shelley.
Physical descriptionback to top
Half-length to right in black coat with brown collar, cream shirt; grey hair, light brown eyes, fresh complexion; black background.
Provenanceback to top
Sir Percy Shelley and bequeathed by his widow Lady Jane Shelley 1899.
Exhibitionsback to top
RA, 1803 (86); Third Exhibition of National Portraits, South Kensington, 1868 (299) lent by Sir Percy Shelley; 'Byron', V&A Museum 1974 (K13). Loan to Dove Cottage, Grasmere, since 1979.
Reproductionsback to top
Mezzotint by George Dawe 4 October 1802 and re-issued 1836 (John Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotint Portraits, I).
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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