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Unknown man, formerly known as Sir Joshua Reynolds

Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Unknown man, formerly known as Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Unknown artist
circa 1775
7 3/4 in. x 6 3/4 in. (197 mm x 171 mm) oval
NPG 927

This portraitback to top

Received as a self portrait by Joshua Reynolds, to whom it bears no resemblance; NPG 927 appears to be a copy from an unidentified self portrait.

Referenceback to top

Graves & Cronin 1899-1901
A. Graves & W. V. Cronin, A History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, II, 1899-1901, pp 74-75.

Physical descriptionback to top

Blue-grey eyes, fair hair, wearing a black hat and brown coat.

Provenanceback to top

Mr Johnson, Chichester; his sale, Christie’s, 16 ff. November 1874 (787 as a Reynolds Self Portrait) bought by Lord Ronald Sutherland Gower,1 by whom presented 1892.

1 For this provenance, see R. S. Gower, Bric à Brac, 1888, p 68. A label on the stretcher, written by Ronald Sutherland Gower, reads: Sir Joshua Reynolds/by himself.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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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