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William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

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William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford, by Edward Lutterell or Luttrell, 1698 - NPG 1824 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by Edward Lutterell or Luttrell
chalk on copper, 1698
15 in. x 12 in. (381 mm x 305 mm)
Purchased, 1918
Primary Collection
NPG 1824


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Seventeenth-century artists such as Edward Lutterell were already experimenting with pastels and coloured chalks before these materials became widely popular. Lutterell was greatly admired for perfecting the art of drawing on the unusual support of copper. He prepared the surface with a fine-toothed mezzotint rocker so it would hold the chalk. This portrait, on copper, depicts the Duke of Bedford at the age of 82, wearing the blue sash of a Knight of the Order of the Garter. The star of the Order is also just visible in the portrait. More detailed information from a catalogue entry by John Ingamells, one of a limited number of entries drafted in 2010 for the incomplete catalogue, Early Stuart Portraits 1625-1685, work on which will be resumed once funding is available.

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  • NPG D20073: William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford (source portrait)
  • NPG D11569: William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford (source portrait)

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  • Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 25
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 44

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