© National Portrait Gallery, London
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
by John Russell Click on the links below to find out more
pastel on grey paper, 1788
23 1/2 in. x 17 1/2 in. (597 mm x 445 mm) oval
- John Russell (1745-1806), Portrait painter and pastellist. Artist associated with 102 portraits, Sitter associated with 6 portraits.
- NPG D20986: Richard Brinsley Sheridan (source portrait)
- NPG D40698: Richard Brinsley Sheridan (source portrait)
- 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. 69
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 562
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 451
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Art and science
Artist Thomas Gainsborough dies. First edition of The Times
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