Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

1 portrait on display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, 1841 (1820) - NPG 993 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1841 (1820)
30 in. (762 mm) high
Transferred from Tate Gallery: London: UK, 1957
Primary Collection
NPG 993


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Chantrey's admiration for the famous poet and novelist led him 'to ask him to sit for me … the only time I ever recollect having asked a similar favour of any one'. The original bust was executed in 1820 and given to Scott in 1828 as 'a token of esteem'. Contemporaries considered it a fine, good-humoured likeness and Scott was particularly impressed by Chantrey's use of modern details - like the tartan cape - which updated classical tradition without overstepping the timeless requirements of a portrait in marble.

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