Catalogue description Charles Mitchell 1783-1856

This record is held by Royal College of Physicians of London

Details of Portrait/X270
Reference: Portrait/X270
Title: Charles Mitchell 1783-1856

By an unknown artist


Half length to right, lorgnette in his right hand, his left hand resting on base of column: dark brown hair parted on right, brown side whiskers, lighter brown eyebrows, pale blue eyes, full lower lip, chin clean-shaven, fresh complexion; white collar and shirt, broad black neckband, black coat, open, black waistcoat; dark brown background, lighter to right. On the back of the canvas, a stamp: Prepared by J.H.SIMPSON / ARTIST COLOURMAN / 54 /LONDON ROAD / Southw[ark?]


The hand has not been identified, but is not far from Stephen Pearce, who had a number of medical and naval sitters.

Date: n.d
Held by: Royal College of Physicians of London, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Physical condition: Oils on canvas, 37¼ by 281/8 inches
Immediate source of acquisition:

On indefinite loan from J. C. Medley.

Publication note:

Annals, 30 April 1964, p. 179.

Administrative / biographical background:

Naval surgeon. While he was surgeon on board the flagship Vigo, based at St. Helena, Charles Mitchell was called in to consult with Shortt, Arnott and Antommarchi about the condition - then grave - of Napoleon, but he never actually saw the patient alive. He was, however, present at the post-mortem examination of Napoleon and signed the official report.


Retired to the Isle of Wight and died there aged 73.

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