Search the Collection

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.

List Thumbnail

Joseph Kelway, by John Russell, after  Andrea Soldi - NPG 4213

Joseph Kelway

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

William Dodd, by John Russell - NPG 251

William Dodd

by John Russell
oil on canvas, 1769
NPG 251

George Whitefield, by John Russell - NPG 1792

George Whitefield

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

William Wilberforce, by John Russell - NPG 759

William Wilberforce

by John Russell
oil on canvas, 1770
NPG 759

William Boyce, by John Russell - NPG 4212

William Boyce

by John Russell
pastel, 1776
NPG 4212

Sir Richard Hill, 2nd Bt, by John Russell - NPG 1465

Sir Richard Hill, 2nd Bt

by John Russell
pastel, circa 1780-1783
NPG 1465

Rowland Hill, by John Russell - NPG 1464

Rowland Hill

by John Russell
pastel, circa 1780
NPG 1464

John Russell, by John Russell - NPG 3907

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 - NPG 1788

John Russell

by John Russell
pastel, circa 1780
NPG 1788

James Price, by John Russell - NPG 1942

James Price

by John Russell
pastel, circa 1782
NPG 1942

Henry Venn, by John Russell - NPG 3161

Henry Venn

by John Russell
pastel, 1787
NPG 3161

Richard Brinsley Sheridan, by John Russell - NPG 651

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

by John Russell
pastel on grey paper, 1788
NPG 651

Francis Willis, by John Russell - NPG 2186

Francis Willis

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

Arthur Young, by John Russell - NPG 6253

Arthur Young

by John Russell
pastel, 1794
NPG 6253

John Bannister, by John Russell - NPG 1769

John Bannister

by John Russell
pastel, 1799
NPG 1769

Colin Milne, by John Russell - NPG 5180

Colin Milne

by John Russell
pastel, 1803
NPG 5180

Samuel Brewer, after John Russell - NPG D804

Samuel Brewer

after John Russell
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D804

Richard de Courcy, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  John Russell - NPG D1629

Richard de Courcy

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

Richard de Courcy, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  John Russell - NPG D1630

Richard de Courcy

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

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.


How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.