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Henry Siddons

Henry Siddons, by Samuel John Stump, 1808 -NPG 4879 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Regency Portraits Catalogue

Henry Siddons

by Samuel John Stump
3 1/8 in. x 2 1/2 in. (79 mm x 64 mm) oval
NPG 4879

Inscriptionback to top

Scratched at right above shoulder: Stump pt and inscribed on reverse: J Stump/Pinxt 1808.

This portraitback to top

Another version, possibly the original exhibited RA 1807 (823), is in a private collection Edinburgh. They may be ad vivum portraits though they certainly bear a close resemblance to Edridge's drawing engraved by Ridley and published 1802.

Physical descriptionback to top

Head and shoulders in black coat and waistcoat, white neckcloth and cravat; black hair and eyebrows, brown eyes, fresh complexion; plain drab background.

Provenanceback to top

Siddons family possession and by descent to Mrs D. Hampson and Sotheby's 27 March 1972 (83), bought Leggatt for the NPG.

Exhibitionsback to top

RA 1809 (706).

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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