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Portraits of a Man and a Woman


These two pictures, both painted in oil on board, were designed to hang together as portraits of a husband and wife. They are said to have been given by the painter Sir William Boxall RA, director of the National Gallery from 1865 to 1874, to his friend, the architect James Wyatt RA (1746–1813). Wyatt’s great-grandson, H.W. Standen, presented them to the National Gallery in 1964 as a ‘Self-Portrait of William Boxall and a companion portrait of his wife’. However, the features in the male portrait are unlike those in Boxall’s Self Portrait at the Age of Nineteen, which is also in the National Gallery, and he never married. It is now thought more likely that these are early portraits by Boxall of his parents.