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John Russell (1745-1806), Portrait painter and pastellist

Sitter associated with 6 portraits
Artist associated with 102 portraits
One of the eighteenth century's leading pastel portraitists. He was a deeply religious man who converted to Methodism in 1764. His diaries, kept throughout his life, record his concerns for his own spiritual welfare. He refused to work on Sundays or to go out to dinner, afraid of the blasphemous conversation he might hear. He numbered many evangelical preachers among his sitters including Rowland Hill. In 1770 Russell turned from oils to pastel, using grey or blue paper and smudging before accenting with black chalk.

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John Russell

by John Russell
black, white and red chalk with some pencil on grey paper, circa 1780
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1788

John Russell

by John Russell
pastel, circa 1780
NPG 1788

D12098

John Russell

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, (13 April 1793)
NPG D12098

D10716

Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
NPG D10716

D36021

Key to Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
NPG D36021