The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Search the Collection

John Byng

(1704-1757), Admiral

Sitter in 3 portraits
In 1756, at the start of the Seven Years War, Admiral Byng was sent to prevent the French from capturing Minorca. He arrived after a large French force had landed, and a subsequent inconclusive naval battle led to his court martial for failing to 'do his utmost' in pursuit of his duty. He was condemned to death and shot on the quarter-deck of the Monarque in Portsmouth. This led Voltaire to remark that in England it was thought good to kill an admiral from time to time, 'pour encourager les autres'.

Tell us More

 Like voting
is closed

Thanks for Liking

Please Like other favourites!
If they inspire you please support our work.

Make a donation Close

List Thumbnail

John Byng, by Unknown engraver - NPG D1350

John Byng

by Unknown engraver
engraving, 1757
NPG D1350

John Byng ('The Shooting of Admiral Byng'), by Unknown engraver - NPG D9023

John Byng ('The Shooting of Admiral Byng')

by Unknown engraver
engraving, published 1757
NPG D9023

Web image not currently available

John Byng

by Richard Houston, published by John Ryall, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, circa 1757
NPG D19469

Related People

Groups

Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.