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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

John Burgoyne (1722-1792), 'Gentleman Johnny'; soldier and dramatist

The only other oil, apart from the Ramsay, is by Reynolds to whom there were sittings in 1766. Now in the Frick collection, [1] it was thought to have been in the collection, London 1767(?), of Count La Lippe, Burgoyne's commander-in-chief in the Portuguese campaign against Spain, for whom it was probably painted. A whole length caricature etching by James Sayers is of 1789 [2] and a crude head and shoulders said to represent the sitter, from the collection of the Earl of Derby, was at Christie's, 31 March 1967, lot 79. This was engraved as Burgoyne by S. Hollyer, 1860, for The Orderly Book of Lieut. General John Burgoyne (ed. E. B. O'Callaghan, 1860). Two other types suggested by engravings are the profile to the right, engraved S. Cook, 1786, for History of the War with America ... by John Andrews, [3] and the head and shoulders, three quarter face, by H. Brocas for Jones's British Theatre. [4] An engraving of Sir William Cornwallis by Gardner after F. Haward, 1784, was issued with altered lettering as Burgoyne (F. O'Donoghue and (Sir) Henry M. Hake, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits ... in the British Museum, 1908-25: Cornwallis 2). A portrait by Arthur Devis catalogued as Burgoyne was formerly in Lord Barrington's collection. [5]

1) Paintings in the Frick Collection, 1958, pl.51 (149).
2) A. S. Turberville, English Men and Manners in the Eighteenth Century, 1929, reproduced p 486.
3) History of the War ..., 1785-86, II, opposite p 382.
4) W. Jones, 1794, VIII, frontispiece.
5) S. H. Pavière, The Devis Family of Painters, 1950, pp 38-39.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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.