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Unknown man, formerly known as Edward Young

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Unknown man, formerly known as Edward Young, by Unknown artist, 1770s? -NPG 1244 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Unknown man, formerly known as Edward Young

by Unknown artist
10 1/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (260 mm x 206 mm) oval, uneven
NPG 1244

Inscriptionback to top

An inscription in an early 19th century hand (?) gives a brief biography of Young on the back of the panel.

This portraitback to top

As a likeness NPG 1244 is empty. In pose it somewhat resembles those derivative engravings which became current in the later 1770s, appearing in Bell's British Poets, 1777, and Johnson's editions of the poets.

Physical descriptionback to top

Oval with straight edges; hazel eyes, dark grey brows, red lips, grey wig, florid complexion; black academic dress with white bands; buff background shading to brown.

Conservationback to top

Cleaned and restored, December 1899.

Provenanceback to top

Bought, 1899, from Rev. F. G. Lee, grandson of Rev. Timothy Tripp Lee (d. 1840), vicar of Thame.

Exhibitionsback to top

'Royal House of Guelph', New Gallery, 1891 (1267), lent by Rev. F. G. Lee.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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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