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- Object: The Right Honorable Lord Chief Justice Abbott
Portrait, seated in an armchair, turning to right, facing to front, wearing judge's robes and a wig, holding a pair of gloves in his left hand; after W. Owen; state before addition of date of painting, and other alterations to lettering. 1820
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Height: 505 millimetres (plate)
Height: 660 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 353 millimetres (plate)
Width: 498 millimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- We are grateful to Ken Reedie (email, January 2016) for alerting us that the sitter is holding a pair of gloves, and kindly providing the following information.
'Canterbury City Council has a copy of the oil painting of Charles Abbott by John Hollins - which closely follows Owen's/ S. W. Reynolds' - and in it he is shown holding a deed.
The Council Minutes recording the gift of the portrait in May 1851 includes the statement from the donor, John Plummer Esq, that he had the deed included in place of the pair of gold embroidered gloves in the Owen portrait that had been included there "in remembrance of his being presented with a pair by his College [Corpus Christi] on his arrival at Oxford on his first circuit as a Judge."
The National Portrait Gallery has a similar oil portrait to that at Canterbury [NPG 481] by Hollins of 1850 presented by the Judges and Sergeants-at-Law. John Plummer's description of his portrait gift to Canterbury includes the statement that the then  Lord Tenterden "after seeing my copy thought so well of it that he had a copy of it made by Hollins for presentation to Sergeants Inn."'
- Not on display
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