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Molesworth Phillips

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Molesworth Phillips, by William Brockedon, 1825 -NPG 2515(4) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Molesworth Phillips

by William Brockedon
1825
15 1/8 in. x 10 3/4 in. (384 mm x 273 mm)
NPG 2515(4)

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The drawing is taken from the only other recorded portrait of Phillips, an etching by Andrew Geddes, seated at a table with books and a picture of the death of Cook in background. The drawing is accompanied in the Brockedon album with a letter from Phillips describing the appearance of Captain Cook - 'most certainly six feet … raw boned with a very small head and capable of enduring the greatest fatigue …’.
Phillips also appears as a central figure firing a musket in Webber's picture 'The Death of Captain Cook' engraved by Bartolozzi and published by Webber himself, 1 January 1784.

Physical descriptionback to top

Head and shoulders to right inscribed in pencil: March 1825.

Provenanceback to top

See 'Drawings of Prominent People 1823-49' by W. Brockedon in Richard Ormond, National Portrait Gallery: Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, pp 554-6.


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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