- Extended catalogue entry
Regency Portraits Catalogue
by James Lonsdale
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
Inscriptionback to top
Inscribed on back of stretcher: Abraham Rees DD. FRS. FLS. &c./Painted by J Lonsdale for the Duke of Sussex/The Gift of Joseph Parkes Esq./to the British Museum.
This portraitback to top
The portrait could conceivably have been painted to mark the issue of the first volume of the Rees Cyclopaedia in 1802, a date to suit his apparent age of about 60, but there is no supporting documentation in the NPG archive at present.
Physical descriptionback to top
Half-length to left in black clerical suit holding a volume of his Cyclopaedia, square-cut powdered wig, hazel eyes, rubicund complexion, black ring on little finger; plain grey background.
Provenanceback to top
HRH the Duke of Sussex; Joseph Parkes who gave it to the British Museum 1853; transferred from British Museum to NPG in 1879 together with a collection of other portraits.
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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