Self-portrait by Edward Collier, oil on canvas, 1683 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queries: 'Attributions'

Portrait of a Lady – artist attributions sought

This portrait in an American private collection was purchased at auction with the following cataloguing: ‘Portrait of a Lady, possibly Mrs. William Wilson, neé Miss Caroline Fry (1787-1846), early 19th c., circle of Sir Thomas Lawrence, oil on canvas, unsigned, 36 in. x 29 in., in inner liner of original frame. The sitter depicted here […]

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Unknown man and artist at Rokeby

This portrait is probably part of the collection of Sir Thomas Robinson Bt. (?1701-1778) at Rokeby Park, near Barnard Castle, Co.Durham. Robinson sold the estate, house and contents to John Sawrey Morritt in 1769. The painting has been on view to the public since 1986 but the identity of the sitter and artist remains elusive. […]

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Portrait of a Lady c.1815-20

This work in a private collection is considered close to Lawrence, c.1815-20, but the artist and sitter are so far unidentified. The frame is believed to be French, c.1800-25; the label on the reverse is from the workshop of Samuel Coombe, 331 Strand, London. Ideas as to possible artists, or even sitter identity, are very […]

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Portrait of a Lady at Birmingham Museums Trust

This portrait is in the collection of Birmingham Museums Trust and has a problematic attribution. It was acquired in 1999 as by Romney, but we have never been able to confirm this and we are hoping to draw on the Understanding British Portrait network’s expertise to try and find out more about it. Our former […]

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Portrait of Sir Robert Turnbull

This portrait is in the collection of the National Railway Museum. Thoughts on the artist’s identity would be appreciated – please use the ‘add a comment’ facility below. Details: Painting, oil on canvas Portrait of Sir Robert Turnbull, Chairman, London & North Western Railway in 1920. 1017 mm x 765 mm The painting was acquired […]

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Portrait of the Earl of Yarborough

This portrait is in the collection of the National Railway Museum. Thoughts on the artist’s identity would be appreciated – please use the comment facility below. Details: Painting, oil on canvas Portrait of the Earl of Yarborough, Chairman, Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway, 1847-1860. 1860. 892 mm x 557 mm Note in the accession register […]

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Portrait of Lord Auckland

This portrait is in the collection of the National Railway Museum. Thoughts on the artist’s identity would be appreciated – please use the ‘add a comment’ facility below. Details: Painting, oil on canvas Portrait of Lord Auckland, Director (1863-1884) and Deputy Chairman, Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway (1884-1890). 766 x 636mm Lord Auckland was Director […]

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Portrait of Francis Trevithick (1812-1877)

This portrait is in the collection of the National Railway Museum. Thoughts on the artist’s identity would be appreciated – please use the ‘add a comment’ facility below. Details: Painting, oil on canvas Portrait of Francis Trevithick (1812-1877), Chief mechanical engineer, London & North Western Railway (LNWR), holding drawing of locomotive Cornwall. Unsigned. 1114mm x […]

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Portrait of George Stephenson (1781–1848)

This portrait is in the collection of the National Railway Museum. Thoughts on the artist’s identity would be appreciated – please use the ‘add a comment’ facility below. Details: Painting, oil on canvas Portrait of George Stephenson (1781–1848) in old age, artist unknown. 891 mm x 690 mm Purchased from Holleyman and Treacher Ltd, Bristol, […]

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What have we here?

Query submitted by Amelia Marriette, Exhibitions and Collections Curator at Torre Abbey, Torquay Here at Torre Abbey, we are currently undergoing a 4 million pound refurbishment – the second major structural refurbishment in 5 years. This time though, we have had the advantage of having a design company to hand and a limited budget for […]

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