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Abraham Rees

Abraham Rees, by James Lonsdale, circa 1802 -NPG 564 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Abraham Rees

by James Lonsdale
circa 1802
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
NPG 564

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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