Boxall, who succeeded Sir Charles Eastlake as Director of the National Gallery in 1866, had been primarily a portrait painter and had exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1829. The exact date of this picture is unknown. During his directorship he acquired Michelangelo's 'Entombment'and 'Manchester Madonna'. He negotiated the acquisition of 77 pictures from the Peel collection in 1871; these included 'Le Chapeau de Paille' by Rubens and Hobbema's 'The Avenue, Middelharnis'. Boxall resigned in 1874.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1800 - 1879
Full title
Self Portrait at the Age of about Nineteen
Date made
about 1819
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
53 x 41.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Christopher Wood, 1983
Inventory number
NG6482
Location in Gallery