4 of 15 portraits of John Dalton
by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
18 in. x 24 5/8 in. (459 mm x 626 mm)
Given by Mrs George Jones, 1871
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Sitterback to top
- John Dalton (1766-1844), Chemist and pioneer in nuclear physics. Sitter in 15 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1781-1841), Sculptor. Artist associated with 267 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Chantrey was commissioned to make a statue of Dalton for the Royal Institution in Manchester by a 'committee of Scientific Gentlemen', for which he received £2100. The statue has since been relocated to Manchester Town Hall. Dalton was a great admirer of William Wollaston, inventor of the camera lucida, and during sittings for these drawings, Dalton was able to view Chantrey's collection of 'busts and statues without end'.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 162
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 624
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- From Pencil to Chisel: Sir Francis Chantreys Portrait Drawings (2 April 2011 - 20 November 2011)