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William Howley, Bishop of London: P.15089-R

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Current Location: In storage


William Howley, Bishop of London
William Howley, Bishop of London; Archbishop of Canterbury; Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford


Printmaker: Turner, Charles
Publisher: Colnaghi
Painter: Lawrence, Thomas (After)




After the painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1816; exh. R.A. 1816, no. 25; Winchester College). Portrait of William Howley (1766-1848), who was Bishop of London, 1813-1828 and Archbishop of Canterbury from 1828. Seated, three-quarter-length, turned alightly towards the right, head turned towards the left. Wearing a short wig, voluminous white surplice with preaching bands and tippet. He holds a document or letter in his lap.

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19th Century
Production date: 1817-07-28 AD 1817


Mezzotint. Fully-lettered state, before the letters were strengthened to produce thick and thin lettering (See note in Whitman referencing BM: 1902,1011.5597, where this is the case and which represents a state between I and II). Engraved in light (i.e. faint), open, roman letters with artists' names at lower left: 'Painted by Sir Tho.s Lawrence R.A. Principal Painter in Ordinary to His Majesty' and at lower right: 'Engraved by C. Turner, Warren Street Fitzroy Square'. Title in light, open roman capitals: 'WILLIAM HOWLEY, D.D. F.R.S. / Lord Bishop of London'. Publication details in light open roman letters: 'London, Pub.d July 28, 1817, by Messrs Colnaghi and Co. Cockspur Street, Haymarket'. Inscribed in pen and ink below the printed title: 'and Archbishop of Canterbury'. P.13953-R is an impression of a proof before all letters.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.15089-R
Primary reference Number: 240118
Whitman (Turner): 269.I
Garlick (Lawrence): 421
O'Donoghue: 2
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Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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