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Samuel Lysons

Samuel Lysons, by William Daniell; George Dance, circa 1802-1814, based on a work of 1793 -NPG 3089(11) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Samuel Lysons

by William Daniell, after George Dance
circa 1802-1814, based on a work of 1793
10 1/8 in. x 7 3/4 in. (257 mm x 197 mm)
NPG 3089(11)

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed in pencil: Rev Samuel Lysons and stamped NPG.

This portraitback to top

Dance's original drawing in the British Museum (Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists ... in the British Museum, II, 4), dated 17 July 1793, was described in Farington's Diary of that date as 'a remarkable likeness'. His brother Daniel (Environs of London) was drawn by Dance on 14 December. William Daniell's tracings were used for the soft-ground etchings published undated in Additional Plates.

The tracings [NPG 3089(1-12)] were made by the engraver William Daniell as part of a project to publish George Dance's drawings in A COLLECTION OF PORTRAITS sketched from the Life since the Year 1793 by GEORGE DANCE, ESQ,. R.A. and engraved in imitation of the Original Drawings by WILLIAM DANIELL, A.R.A. They appeared as soft-ground etchings from 1802 in 12 monthly parts at one guinea each, finally bound into two folio volumes and published in 1814. Another issue of 50 copies, containing additional portraits, was published in 1854.
Joseph Farington, a friend of both artists, was interested in the work and frequently mentions sittings in his Diary. For instance on 11 March 1802: '... drank tea at Wm Daniells - copying Dances Heads in the soft ground. While I was there, in about 2 hours & half He copied Lord Dartmouths portrait.'
The tracings were part of a large collection acquired by Mr Appleby and offered to the British Museum, the V&A Museum, and the NPG. The NPG selected those not represented in the Gallery collection by drawings or engravings.

Referenceback to top

Farington 1795-1821
Diary of Joseph Farington 1795-1821 (passim).

Stroud 1971
Dorothy Stroud, George Dance: Architect 1741-1825, 1971.

Sutton 1954
Thomas Sutton, The Daniells: Artists and Travellers, 1954.

Provenanceback to top

Messrs Appleby Brothers and bought from them 1940.


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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