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Joseph Nollekens

Regency Portraits Catalogue

Joseph Nollekens

by James Lonsdale
circa 1818
29 in. x 24 in. (737 mm x 610 mm)
NPG 360

Inscriptionback to top

Paper label formerly on the strainer and now in NPG archive is inscribed in ink: No.5 Joseph Nollekens Esq/painted by J. Lonsdale/8 Berners St.
The canvas, now relined, was stamped: T BROWN/High Holborn/London/161 17 7.

This portraitback to top

Lonsdale was Nollekens's neighbour in Berners Street buying Opie's house, no.8 in 1807; his story of Nollekens's stinginess with coal is told in J. T. Smith, Nollekens and his Times, 1920, I, p 372. The portrait shows the sculptor hale and hearty in his 80s, wearing a wig.

Physical descriptionback to top

Half-length to left in green upholstered armchair, dark grey coat, white neckcloth and cravat; close-fitting golden-brown wig, light brown eyes, pink complexion, grey eyebrows and side-whiskers; patterned green and red curtain in right background.

Provenanceback to top

The artist; his son Judge James John Lonsdale and given by him 1873 (see Brougham).

Exhibitionsback to top

RA 1818 (272); SB 1836 (17).

Reproductionsback to top

Stipple by Scriven for La Belle Assemblée, no.165, 1 September 1822.


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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