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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Samuel Bentham (1757-1831), Naval architect

Painting by a Russian artist, half length wearing the dark green coat with scarlet facings of a Russian lieutenant colonel. National Maritime Museum (GH 232); sent by the sitter from Russia in 1784 to his father in England, and presented to Greenwich Hospital 1895 by Sir Joseph Hooker (by whom previously offered to the NPG in 1894; Sir George Scharf's Trustees' Sketch Books 38/54).

Miniature by Henry Edridge, see NPG 3069.

Miniature by Henry Edridge, bust-length oval, dark coat, his own white hair (a little shorter than in NPG 3069). Victoria and Albert Museum (47.1886; illus. B. Rackham, Catalogue of the Schreiber Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, II, Earthenware, 1930, fig.131). Originally presented by the sitter’s widow, Mary, Lady Bentham (d. 1858), to the Museum of the Commissioners of Patents, South Kensington (Patents Cat., 1858, no.57) before transfer to the Victoria and Albert Museum; see NPG 1075.

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.