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Portrait of Edward Whitaker Gray


ca. 1800


Edward Whitaker Gray (1748-1806, British), Physician


Augustus Wall Callcott (1779-1844, British), Painter

Object type



height (painting): 750mm
width (painting): 630mm



Half-length portrait of Gray in profile, left face. Dramatically lit, Gray is shown wearing a dark suit, barely visible, with a white neck-cloth. He wears grey hair, receding slightly, and tied back.

Edward Whitaker Gray was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1779.

Object history

Presented by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, 1830.

The original letter of donation is preserved in the Society’s archives: “I am authorized by my friend Mr.Calcott R.A. to offer for your acceptance a portrait painted by him of Dr.Gray formerly one of your Secretaries, and beg to inform you that the Portrait is at Mr.Calcott’s residence at Kensington, and ready to be delivered to your order.” [Letter, Edward Hawkins, 3 March 1830, to the President and Council of the Royal Society. Royal Society Miscellaneous Correspondence MC/1/202].

President and Council agree to loan portrait of Dr E W Gray along with portraits of Dr Wollaston and Sir Hans Sloane to the Nottingham Art Gallery, 1892. Letter from Herbert Rix to G H Wallis, Jul 1892. NLB/6/728

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