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
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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  • NPG Ax138001: Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt (appears within the portrait)

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