Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey

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Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, circa 1800 - NPG 2103a - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil and grey wash, circa 1800
5 3/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (136 mm x 143 mm)
Given by the Misses Frere, 1925
Primary Collection
NPG 2103a


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This informal drawing shows the sculptor, accompanied by his pets, suffering from mumps. Sent to friends, the Crampern family, in place of his customary visit, the letters on the bottles on the mantelpiece spell out the name of his doctor; Merryman. The drawing was made 'in his bachelor days', when Chantrey lived in relative poverty as he struggled for recognition. Chantrey married his cousin Mary Anne in 1809, and her dowry allowed him to set up independently as a sculptor.
On his death, Chantrey bequeathed his fortune to the Royal Academy of Art to buy British paintings and sculpture for the establishment of a 'public national collection of British fine art'. This collection became the foundation of the Tate Gallery.

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