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Oliver Goldsmith

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Oliver Goldsmith, by Unknown artist, circa 1770? -NPG 676 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Oliver Goldsmith

by Unknown artist
circa 1770?
4 3/4 in. x 3 7/8 in. (120 mm x 97 mm)
NPG 676

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed verso in pencil: Original drawing/by O. Humphrey.1

1 The original backboard had a label: Portrait of Oliver Goldsmith/From the life/By/Ozias Humphrey his/friend

This portraitback to top

Acquired as a silhouette by Ozias Humphry, but it is hardly good enough to be by him; the identification of Goldsmith may be correct.

Footnotesback to top

Williamson 1918
G. C. Williamson, Ozias Humphry, p 243, ascribed to Humphry.

Provenanceback to top

Sir Theodore Martin KCB, by whom presented 1883.

Exhibitionsback to top

Samuel Johnson, Londoner, Royal Exchange, London, 1964.


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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