Francis Willis

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Francis Willis, by John Russell, 1789 - NPG 2186 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Francis Willis

by John Russell
pastel, 1789
23 1/4 in. x 17 1/2 in. (603 mm x 445 mm)
Purchased, 1928
Primary Collection
NPG 2186


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  • John Russell (1745-1806), Portrait painter and pastellist. Artist associated with 102 portraits, Sitter associated with 6 portraits.

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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.

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