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Charles Mathews

Charles Mathews, by Rembrandt Peale, circa 1822 -NPG 1734 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Charles Mathews

by Rembrandt Peale
circa 1822
28 3/4 in. x 24 in. (730 mm x 610 mm)
NPG 1734

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The attribution to Clint came with the portrait's acquisition but little is known of its provenance. The style and date are feasible and Clint also painted a portrait of Mathews as Sharp in Garrick's The Lying Valet, half-length with hand and expression expecting a tip, plate in Oxberry's New English Drama, 1821.

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Head and shoulders to right aged c.50, dark brown coat, buff waistcoat, white neckcloth and cravat; dark brown hair (or wig), light brown eyes, dark complexion, serious expression; cloudy sky background.

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Sir Whittaker Ellis Bart; bought from Charles Huggins 1914.

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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