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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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Joseph Kelway

by John Russell, after Andrea Soldi
pastel, (circa 1760)
NPG 4213


William Dodd

by John Russell
oil on canvas, 1769
NPG 251


George Whitefield

by John Russell
oil on canvas laid on board, 1770?
NPG 1792


William Wilberforce

by John Russell
oil on canvas, 1770
NPG 759


William Boyce

by John Russell
pastel, 1776
NPG 4212


Sir Richard Hill, 2nd Bt

by John Russell
pastel, circa 1780-1783
NPG 1465


Rowland Hill

by John Russell
pastel, circa 1780
NPG 1464


John Russell

by John Russell
black, white and red chalk with some pencil on grey paper, circa 1780
NPG 3907


John Russell

by John Russell
pastel, circa 1780
NPG 1788


James Price

by John Russell
pastel, circa 1782
NPG 1942


Henry Venn

by John Russell
pastel, 1787
NPG 3161


Richard Brinsley Sheridan

by John Russell
pastel on grey paper, 1788
NPG 651


Francis Willis

by John Russell
pastel, 1789
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2186


Arthur Young

by John Russell
pastel, 1794
NPG 6253


John Bannister

by John Russell
pastel, 1799
NPG 1769


Colin Milne

by John Russell
pastel, 1803
NPG 5180


Samuel Brewer

after John Russell
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D804


Richard de Courcy

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after John Russell
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D1629


Richard de Courcy

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after John Russell
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D1630

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