Elizabeth Bannister (née Harpur)

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Elizabeth Bannister (née Harpur), by John Russell, 1799 - NPG 1770 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Elizabeth Bannister (née Harpur)

by John Russell
pastel, 1799
24 1/4 in. x 18 1/4 in. (616 mm x 464 mm)
Bequeathed by the sitter's great-granddaughter, Grace Hilda Bannister, 1916
Primary Collection
NPG 1770


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Sitterback to top

Artistback to top

  • John Russell (1745-1806), Portrait painter and pastellist. Artist associated with 102 portraits, Sitter associated with 6 portraits.

This portraitback to top

Although painted seven years after her retirement from the stage in 1792 this pastel portrait shows Bannister singing with a guitar. It can be seen as a nostalgic celebration of her musical fame and talents. Russell's characteristic use of pastel gives this portrait a soft, intimate character.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG 1769: John Bannister (companion portrait)

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Perry, Gill (introduction) Roach, Joseph (appreciation) and West, Shearer (appreciation), The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 2011 to 8 January 2012), p. 90
  • Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 187
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 33
  • Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 20

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