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William Howley

William Howley, by William Owen, circa 1823-1825 -NPG 1552 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Howley

by William Owen
circa 1823-1825
49 1/4 in. x 39 1/4 in. (1251 mm x 997 mm)
NPG 1552

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Owen painted two portraits of Howley, both as Bishop of London. The first, in Fulham Palace, was painted c.1817, engraved in mezzotint by S. W. Reynolds, published February 1818, and exhibited RA 1818 (79), half-length sitting to left holding a Greek Testament open at Corinthians. The second type, NPG 1552, shows him six or seven years older, standing to right, painted c.1823-5. No engraving of this exists and its provenance is unknown though it may have belonged to a descendant William Howley Kingsmill who owned the Chantrey bust. The portrait exhibited RA 1813 as the Bishop of London in fact represents Bishop John Randolph who died of apoplexy in July 1813.

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Three-quarter-length standing to right in wig and surplice, left hand on book.

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Bought from Hughes & Tillmann, Pall Mall, 1909.

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On loan to Lambeth Palace since 1971.


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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