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John Russell

(1745-1806), Portrait painter and pastellist

Sitter associated with 6 portraits
Artist associated with 102 portraits
One of the eighteenth century's leading pastel portraitists. He was a deeply religious man who converted to Methodism in 1764. His diaries, kept throughout his life, record his concerns for his own spiritual welfare. He refused to work on Sundays or to go out to dinner, afraid of the blasphemous conversation he might hear. He numbered many evangelical preachers among his sitters including Rowland Hill. In 1770 Russell turned from oils to pastel, using grey or blue paper and smudging before accenting with black chalk.

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John Russell, by John Russell - NPG 3907

John Russell

by John Russell
black, white and red chalk with some pencil on grey paper, circa 1780
NPG 3907

Miss Russell, by John Wright, after  John Russell - NPG D39947

Miss Russell

by John Wright, after John Russell
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D39947

Samuel Brewer, after John Russell - NPG D804

Samuel Brewer

after John Russell
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D804

Richard de Courcy, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  John Russell - NPG D1629

Richard de Courcy

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after John Russell
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D1629


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