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Samuel Owen

Samuel Owen, by T. Montague, 1795 -NPG 3129 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Samuel Owen

by T. Montague
1795
7 1/2 in. x 6 1/2 in. (191 mm x 165 mm)
NPG 3129

Inscriptionback to top

Signed and dated lower left: Montague/delint/1795 and inscribed in ink on back of original card mount: Mr Samuel Owen Marine Artist Aged 25/Drawn By T. Montague

This portraitback to top

In spite of an appeal by J. B. Lamb in Country Life, 7 April 1977, pp 848-9 not much information about either Owen or Montague is forthcoming. The donor writes '... I may state that Owen was a distant relative of my paternal grandfather to whom the portrait belonged and from whose estate it passed to me many years ago. It is a family tradition that the little picture of yachts on the easel is the work of Owen himself' (letter from Ezard 9 October 1942 in NPG archive).

Physical descriptionback to top

Three-quarter-length seated in a brown suit, white neckcloth and cravat, palette in left hand, brush in right, picture of yachts or pilot cutters on easel to left.

Provenanceback to top

Owen family and by descent to Dr Edward H. Ezard (of Cambridge) who gave it in 1942.


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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