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John Francis (1780-1861)

Artist associated with 4 portraits
John Francis was brought up to be a farmer, but his talent for sculpture caused friends to persuade him into a change of career. In 1810, he went to London where he worked first under Samuel Joseph and then under Francis Chantrey. His work came to the attention of the Duke of Sussex who commissioned small, cabinet-sized busts of his own family and many of his political associates. He also became a favourite artist of William IV, and then of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Francis exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy from 1820 until 1857.

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John Russell, 1st Earl Russell

by John Francis
marble bust, 1832
On display in Room 22 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 678


Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

by John Francis
plaster cast of bust, now painted black, 1844
NPG 1736


Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by John Francis
marble bust, 1852
On display in Room 22 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 218


George Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Duke of Sutherland

by Edward Scriven, after Henry Corbould, after John Francis
stipple engraving, 1833
NPG D40923