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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Richard Arkwright (1732-1792), Engineer and inventor

c.1785-90
Unattributed painting, three-quarter length seated wearing a red coat, his right arm over chair back. Untraced. Exhibited Second special exhibition of National Portraits (William and Mary to MDCCC), South Kensington, 1867 (800) lent Philip A. Hurt.

1789-90
Painting by Joseph Wright, see NPG 136.

1790
Painting by Mather Brown, three-quarter length seated. Museum of American Art, Conn. (D. Evans, Mather Brown: an early American artist in England, 1982, no.7). Painted for Arkwright’s London house in the Adelphi; in 1790 Arkwright also bought from Brown the Death of Cato and a whole length of George III (R. S. Fitton, The Arkwrights, 1989, pp 200-01).

Posthumous
1810
Bust by W. J. Coffee (R. Gunnis, Dictionary of British Sculptors, 1968, p 109).

1839
Medallion by William Barton, exhibited Mechanics' Institute, Derby, 1839.

Mid-19th century
Colossal plaster statue by Thomas Duckett, whole-length seated. Destroyed (R. Gunnis, Dictionary of British Sculptors, 1968 ed., p 133).



This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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.