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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Pitt Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst of Arracan (1773-1857), Statesman; Governor-General of India

1800
Miniature by J. S. Barber exhibited RA 1800 (807), as Colonel of St James's Volunteers.

c.1800
Oil by Hoppner in the Dowager Lady Amherst's collection in 1965 but not mentioned in W. McKay & W. Roberts, John Hoppner R.A., 1909-14.

1803
Miniature by F. Ferrière exhibited RA 1803 (428).

Oil by Devis and copy in NPG (see NPG 1546).

1805
Oil by Lawrence exhibited RA 1805 (150).

1820
'The Trial of Queen Caroline 1820' by Hayter (NPG 999 and 2662(20)).

1821
Oil by Lawrence in Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio (reproduced in colour Apollo, December 1967, p 417), whole-length in peer's robes, a view of Canton in background, commissioned by the East India Company and presented to the President of the Canton Factory in 1835.

c.1821
A pen and brown ink drawing, possibly by Lawrence, is in Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

before 1833
Oil by F. R. Say at Christ Church, Oxford, three-quarter-length with Government House, Madras in background; Amherst was Governor-General 1823-8 and created an Earl in 1826; the portrait was first recorded at Christ Church in 1833.

1836
Oil by Herbert Smith exhibited RA 1836 (112), three-quarter-length seated at a table wearing the Star of the Guelphic Order of Hanover (GCH 1834), engraved by Posselwhite 'from the Original Portrait in the Collection of the Revd Thos Streatfield of Chort's edge' (reproduced in Ritchie & Evans, Lord Amherst, 1894, frontispiece).



This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.