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Charles Lucas

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    1755-1765 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McArdell, James, born 1729 - died 1765 (engraver)
    Reynolds, Joshua (Sir), born 1723 - died 1792 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs E. B. Westwood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PP, shelf 50

Physical description

Portrait, half-length, facing half left and holding a dissertation in right hand. The sitter wears a wig and academic robes and bands.

Place of Origin

London (printed)


1755-1765 (printed)


McArdell, James, born 1729 - died 1765 (engraver)
Reynolds, Joshua (Sir), born 1723 - died 1792 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'J. Reynolds Pinxt. Js. McArdell fecit. Sold at the Golden Head in Covent Garden.'
Lettered with name of sitter and

With the mark of the collection of William Sharp (mid-19th century) (Lugt 2650)


Height: 32.8 cm, Width: 22.5 cm

Descriptive line

Print, half-length portrait of Charles Lucas M.D., M.P., holding a dissertation. Mezzotint by James McArdell after Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1755-1765.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1959 . London: HMSO, 1964.

Production Note

The original portrait by Reynolds was painted in 1755



Subjects depicted

Robes; Dissertation


Prints; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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