NPG Number
196
Mkey
517
Sitter/Title
Jeremy Bentham
Qualifier
studio of
Artist(s)
ThomasFrye
Date made
1760
Medium
oil on canvas
Credit line
© National Portrait Gallery, London
jeremy bentham

517

196

Jeremy Bentham

studio of

Thomas Frye

1760

oil on canvas

© National Portrait Gallery, London

This portrait shows Bentham at the age of about thirteen, by which time he had already been admitted to Oxford University. He was to become the youngest man ever to graduate. The boy's precocious talents are alluded to through the university robe he wears, and the verses on the table, which he had written on the accession of {King George III|mp1750}.