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The portrait of Sir William Gell thought be by Henry Wyatt that was sold to the British Museum by Timothy Langston Fine Art & Antiques.

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The museum found the picture on Langston’s website.

The c.1820, 2ft x 19.5in (61 x 49.5cm) oil on panel is thought be by the English portraitist Henry Wyatt (1794-1840) – a student of Sir Thomas Lawrence. It was offered in a period gilt frame for a price around £8500.

Gell was an archaeologist and classical scholar whose circle of friends included Lord Byron and Walter Scott. A member of both the Society of Antiquaries and Society of Dilettanti, he published extensively on topography and antiquities.

Boosted by a recent donation from the Society of Dilettanti, the BM has a body of Gell’s work including sketch and notebooks recording his travels and his life living in Italy after 1815.