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John Jackson, William Seguier

Key facts
Full title William Seguier
Artist John Jackson
Artist dates 1778 - 1831
Date made 1830
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 78.7 × 65.4 cm
Inscription summary Inscribed
Acquisition credit Presented by Charles H. Seguier-Brown, great-grandson of the sitter, 1950
Inventory number NG6022
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
William Seguier
John Jackson

William Seguier (1772–1843) was a picture dealer and picture cleaner. He was Superintendent of the British Institution from its foundation in 1805, Surveyor, Cleaner and Repairer of the King’s Pictures from 1820 and Keeper of the National Gallery from its foundation in 1824. He continued in all three positions until his death. He also advised many private collectors on buying, hanging and cleaning paintings.

Seguier’s training in trade, the fact that he had never been to Italy and had a Cockney accent prompted continual jibes, but it was conceded that although he lacked airs and graces he was an excellent judge of pictures.

Jackson’s portrait shows Seguier at the age of 58. The artist, an old friend of the sitter, died before finishing the portrait, which was commissioned by one of Seguier’s most wealthy private clients, George Watson Taylor MP.

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