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Regency Portraits Catalogue

John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon (1751-1838), Lord Chancellor

This list does not include the many personal and political satires published between 1800 and 1830. The British Museum is especially rich in drawings by John Doyle from 1829.

1788
Drawing by James Sayers formerly in F. Turner collection then lent to the Exhibition of the Royal House of Guelph, New Gallery, 1891 (600) by J. Lyon Thurlow. It was lithographed by R. J. Lane for F. Turner 1834 and again in reverse by Hannah Turner (Sixty Portraits, p 14).

1793-4
'The House of Commons 1793-4' by K. A. Hickel (NPG 745).

1793
Mezzotint by P. Dawe after John Brown, three-quarter-length as Sir John Scott, Attorney General (John Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotint Portraits, 9).

1800-24
Oil by Lawrence in the Earl of Eldon's collection, exhibited RA 1800 (246) and mezzotint by J. R. Smith; a small scale replica was at Soughton Hall, Flints (Rev E. Bankes) 1949; another Lawrence at Cowdray Park was painted for Peel and exhibited RA 1825 (118); a third at Windsor Castle (Sir Oliver Millar, The Later Georgian Pictures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, 1969, 896) was probably that exhibited RA 1828 (463) and the original of NPG 464.

1801
Small oval mezzotint published by R. Stewart 1801 (example in British Museum).

1804
Drawing by Charles Picart engraved and published by himself in 1894.

1812
Oil by Owen exhibited RA 1812 (121) and engraved in mezzotint by Meyer 1813; this is almost certainly the portrait now in the House of Lords, originally a whole-length seated facing in lord chancellor's robes, full-bottomed wig, holding the Purse, and because of dilapidation cut down to half-length in 1960; replicas by Owen are in University College Oxford and Convocation House Oxford and a copy by John Bridges in the Middle Temple.

1817-19
Drawing by William Behnes 'taken in Lincoln's Hall 1817' was engraved by Holl. A marble bust by Behnes in Inner Temple was exhibited RA 1819 (533) and another at Gredington (Lord Kenyon) was exhibited RA 1831 (1200); a third of 1832 was in the Middle Temple but damaged 1939-45; a fourth was offered to the NPG in 1977.

1820
'Trial of Queen Caroline 1820' and drawings by Hayter (NPG 999 and 1695).

1820
Drawing by Abraham Wivell engraved by T. Wright 1821.

1821
Drawing by Stephanoff engraved for Sir George Nayler's Coronation of George IV.

1824
Mezzotint by H. E. Dawe after C. Penny published Zachariah Sweet 1824.

Marble bust by Sievier at St Giles, Dorset exhibited RA 1825 (1006); plaster model at Windsor Castle 1827.

c.1824
Miniature by Bestland exhibited RA 1824 (816).

1827
Medal by Voigt made in Rome on Lord Eldon's resignation as Lord Chancellor (reproduced Laurence Brown, British Historical Medals, 1980, 1308).

c.1828
Oil after Lawrence (NPG 464).

1829
Satire by 'Paul Pry', 'Minerva's favourite Bird', relating to Eldon's futile hatred of Catholic Relief.

1830-5
Wax head by William Bally, reproduced E. J. Pyke, Dictionary of Wax Modellers, 1973, plate 13.

c.1830
Bust by W. K. (?William King) exhibited RA 1830 (1249).

1831
Marble bust by Tatham (NPG 181).

c.1832
Marble bust by Charles Physick exhibited SBA 1832 (872).

1833
Oil by Pickersgill formerly in Merchant Taylors' Hall, exhibited RA 1833 (88).

1834
Oil by Eddis engraved by Posselwhite, published 1 January 1835.

c.1835
Oil by Briggs in Middle Temple exhibited RA 1835 (7); a three-quarter-length version painted for Lord Eldon was at Soughton Hall (Rev Edward Bankes married Eldon's daughter Lady Frances Scott); a version was offered to the NPG in 1970.

c.1837
Bust by R. Moody exhibited RA 1837 (1158).

1838
Oil by T. Thurlow lithographed by E. Morton was published 1838.

c.1839
Sketch for a gem by John Wilson exhibited RA 1839 (671).

Undated
Ivory carving, probably early, in private collection (Kent Portrait Survey (Ruckinge 2) 1969).

Caricature statuette by Dantan in Carnavalet Museum, Paris.

Oil by unknown artist lent to NPG 1867 (770) by Alfred Surtees.

Posthumous
Marble group designed by Chantrey or W. C. Marshall and executed by Watson and Nelson is in University College Oxford. This portrays the two brothers, Lord Eldon and Lord Stowell. A similar and possibly the same group was shown by Marshall in the Great Exhibition 1851 (Illustrated London News Exhibition Supplement, 1851, p 464). Wash drawings in a sketchbook were with William Drummond (Covent Garden Gallery), 1979.



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.