Antedating of "self-portrait"

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 19 13:35:35 UTC 2013

"self-portrait" (OED: 1831)

Seeing as "selfie" is Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year and I already provided the earliest 2002 quotation, let's look at "self-portrait". :)


November 1821, letter in The Country constitutional guardian and literary magazine, Vol. 1, published 1822, "Sir Robert Wilson, And His Correspondence", page 44:

Now, under such circumstances, a reasonable man, and a man so conscious of his innocence, so proud of his reputation, and such a good self-portrait painter too, would surely have referred the cause of grievance to the source from whence it arose--but no : " To be backed by the electors of Southwark was a good bolster."

Also! See the same page!!!! for extreme use of exclamation marks!!!!!!!



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