© National Portrait Gallery, London
Mary Russell Mitford
by John Lucas, after Benjamin Robert Haydon Click on the links below to find out more
oil on millboard, feigned oval, circa 1853, based on a work of 1824
14 in. x 12 1/4 in. (356 mm x 311 mm)
- Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786-1846), History painter and diarist. Artist associated with 34 portraits, Sitter in 10 portraits.
- John Lucas (1807-1874), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 32 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Neither Haydon's original nor Lucas's modified copy were liked by Mary Mitford. 'Everybody detests the portrait', she wrote, also calling it 'the cook-maid thing of poor dear Haydon'.
- Bennett, Sue, Five Centuries of Women and Gardens, 2000 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 October 2000 to 21 January 2001), p. 95
- Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 319
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 433
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National Gallery is established when Parliament agrees to purchase a collection of thirty-eight paintings from the estate of philanthropist John Julius Angerstein. William Seguier is appointed first Keeper.Society of British Artists holds its first exhibition, aiming to appeal to a broader art public than those who visited the Royal Academy.
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receives Gold Medal at the Paris Salon.