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Historical Portraits

Paintings, drawings, etchings -- Images of the past, mostly Regency, of real people (famous or not).

catherine reine du wurtemberg

Gilbert Stuart, Dr. James Stuart, ca.1815, Cleveland Museum of Art

Self Portrait by John Trumbull circa 1802, or about age 46.

John Clare (via (Grey Pony) Georgian Era Bookmarking)

1811 Catherine de Wurtemberg (1783-1835), reine de Westphalie by Baron François Pascal Simon Gérard (Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon - Versailles France)

Portrait of a girl C. 1802.

Talleyrand by Jean-Baptiste Greuze

The Wanderer above the Mists (1817-18) by Caspar David Friedrich.

1819 - Pope Pius VII (1742-1823) by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) Commissioned by George IV in 1819 for £525 Thomas Lawrence dominated the art of portrait painting in England for forty years, undertaking commissions for the future George IV from 1814.

Henry Brougham - Sir Thomas Lawrence

Thomas Sully - Portrait of Daniel la Motte

"Rubens Peale with a Geranium" in 1801 by Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860). Oil on canvas (71x61cm). National Gallery, Washington. Rubens (1784-1865) was the fourth son of Charles Wilson Peale. While his brother did become painter Rubens was a botanist. The geranium was the first specimen grown in the New World. The work commemorated his brother's horticultural triumph. The own skill is evident in the clearly light on cheeks, and in the focus of the glasses, an example of the artist's early maturity.

Portrait of Sir Walter Scott by Sir Henry Raeburn.

Lady Hester Stanhope 1776 to 1839 The Granddaughter of Pitt the Elder and Niece of Pitt the Younger. From 1803 to 1806 Hostess of William Pitt the Younger's Household. Also notable for giving up England, journeying to the Middle East where she was known as Queen Hester, dressed in Turkish clothing, had adventures, and caused the first Archeological excavation of modern times.

Lord Byron in Albanian Dress; Thomas Phillips, 1835.

blastedheath: Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson (French, 1767-1824), Portrait of Jacques-Joseph de Cathelineau (1785-1832). Oil on canvas, 21½ x 18½ in. 55 x 47 cm.

The Ainslie Sisters (Agnes and Margaret), Thomas Stewardson, 1808; Abbot Hall Art Gallery

  • Dawn Conner

    for those who love, even, old 'fashion' this dress was worn til about 1840.the little jacket worn over it was a 'spencer'.

Duke of Bedford-Prinny's set Originator of the Bedford Crop as a revolt against the 1795 tax on hair powder.

Alfred Guillaume Gabriel, Comte d'Orsay by George Hayter, Beau Brummel's friend and a famous dandy from the early until mid-19th century.

Regency Era Men's hairstyles: Portrait of a Young Man

Marie-Joseph Chenier by Marie-Gabrielle Capet, ca. 1800

John Opie’s 1802 portrait of Edmund Lenthal Swifte shows a few artfully arranged locks over the forehead.

Sir William Beechey_Thomas Law Hodges 1795 The tax on hair powder went into effect in 1795. Some men still powdered but by 1800 it was rare to see a younger man with his hair still powdered.