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    Image number: RS.9754
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    Portrait of William Hyde Wollaston

    ca. 1820 - 1824
    William Hyde Wollaston (1766 - 1828, British) , Chemist
    John Jackson (1778 - 1831, British) , Painter
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    height (painting): 1445mm
    width (painting): 1121mm
    Content object
    Three-quarter length seated portrait of William Hyde Wollaston, body angled to the left as viewed. Wollaston’s chair is red-backed, with orange-and-white striped seat and armrests. Wollaston wears a black single-breasted jacket with gold buttons over grey breeches and a white shirt and tie, with black boots with tassels. Wollaston holds a pair of spectacles hinged on a case in his right hand and a sheet of paper in the right, which has a ring on the ring finger. There are books and papers by the side of the chair, to the right as viewed, and additional papers and two inkwells on a table to the left and behind the sitter.

    William Hyde Wollaston was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1793, he served as its President from June 1820 to November 1820.
    Midland Counties Art Museum, Nottingham Castle, The Royal Society

    Object history
    Presented by George Hyde Wollaston (1765-1841), 1832.

    An original ink label, probably from the reverse of the canvas, has been preserved in the Society’s archives: “A Portrait of William Hyde Wollaston M.D., F.R.S., painted by John Jackson R.A. presented to the President, Council, and Fellows of the Royal Society of London by George Hyde Wollaston Esq., of Clapham Common, brother of Dr. Wollaston. February 1832.” [Label, 8 February 1832, Royal Society Miscellaneous Manuscripts, MM/21/94].

    President and Council agree to loan portrait of Dr Wollaston along with portraits of Dr E W Gray 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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