Probably John Cartwright

1 portrait of John Cartwright

Probably John Cartwright, by Henry Fuseli, circa 1779 - NPG 4538 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Probably John Cartwright

by Henry Fuseli
black chalk, circa 1779
12 3/4 in. x 19 3/4 in. (324 mm x 502 mm)
Purchased, 1967
Primary Collection
NPG 4538


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Sitterback to top

  • John Cartwright (active 1778-1808), Painter. Sitter associated with 1 portrait.

Artistback to top

  • Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), Painter. Artist associated with 3 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.

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This portrait probable depicts the artist John Cartwright whose initials 'I.C.' are inscribed on the tobacco box. On Fuseli's return from Rome, in 1779, he stayed in Cartwright's house in St Martin's Lane. This image commemorates their friendship. The direct stare of the sitter and unusual, informal pose, create a sense of intimacy with the viewer. Artists were encouraged to make quick studies from life of their friends and acquaintances. While this is a highly finished example, it also captures a private moment between friends.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 63
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 107
  • Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 195

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