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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

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

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.

Painting by Joseph Wright, see NPG 136.

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).

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

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.