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Henry James Pye

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Henry James Pye, by Samuel James Arnold, circa 1800 -NPG 4253 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Regency Portraits Catalogue

Henry James Pye

by Samuel James Arnold
circa 1800
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
NPG 4253

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed on back of canvas (possibly transferred after lining): Henry James Pye/Poet Laureate/of Faringdon.

Physical descriptionback to top

Half-length to left aged c.55, black coat with brass buttons, white neckcloth and cravat; sparse white hair, hazel eyes, ruddy complexion, myopic expression; plain drab background, red curtain.

Provenanceback to top

Pye family at Clifton Campville, Faringdon, and bequeathed with a collection of portraits to A. O. Elmhirst who gave it to the NPG 1962.

Reproductionsback to top

Mezzotint by B. Pym published 2 February 1801; small stipple (in reverse) published by Richard Phillips 1803, and another by James Cundee 1807.


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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