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William Knibb

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Knibb

by George Baxter
1847
10 7/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. (275 mm x 225 mm)
NPG 4957

Inscriptionback to top

Engraved (defective) on the original tinted mount: THE REV. WILLIAM KNIBB/with a landscape of the Mission Chapel and grounds, Jamaica/Designed, Engraved and Printed by G. Baxter, Patentee of Oil Colour Printing./Patriot Office, London: No.II of the Missionary Portrait Gallery.

This portraitback to top

The print was made from a portrait lent for the purpose by the Baptist Missionary Society, probably painted by Baxter himself from a daguerreotype taken during Knibb's last visit to England in 1845. It was published in 1847 forming part of a trio of Baxter Missionary prints, the other two being John Williams and Robert Moffat (C. T. C. Lewis, George Baxter, 92).

Physical descriptionback to top

Three-quarter-length seated to right in a Victorian upholstered armchair, on his lap a volume of the Scriptures which he translated into the Jamaican vernacular, on the table to right the proclamation abolishing slavery dated: August 1st 1839; black clerical suit, black hair, dark blue eyes, dark complexion; in the background a landscape with Jamaicans and palm-trees.

Provenanceback to top

Christie's 13 June 1973 (150) bought by Leggatt for the NPG.


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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