by John Russell
23 1/4 in. x 17 1/2 in. (603 mm x 445 mm)
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Artistback to top
- John Russell (1745-1806), Portrait painter and pastellist. Artist associated with 102 portraits, Sitter associated with 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Russell's energetic pastel captures Willis in his hour of triumph. On 26 February 1789 the doctors' report described 'an entire cessation of his Majesty's illness'. The Royal Academy exhibition, which opened on 27 April, included three portraits of Willis who had, meanwhile, commissioned a medal to celebrate his achievements.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 488
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 666
See this portrait
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery