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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Robert William Elliston (1774-1831), Actor

Lilian Hall, Catalogue of Dramatic Portraits in … Harvard College Library lists 40 prints of Elliston in character and several caricatures by Cruikshank, most of which are in the NPG.

Straight portraits are:

c.1796
By S. Drummond, engraved by Ridley for The Monthly Mirror, 1 October 1796.

1798
Miniature by John Wright exhibited RA 1798 (903).

1808
Miniature by C. W. Paye, exhibited RA 1808 (789).

Oils and sketches by Harlow (see NPG 2136).

c.1810
Drawing by W. M. Bennett (private collection Chelsea 1925) engraved by Cardon 1810.

c.1819
Portrait by Drummond engraved by Thomson for The European Magazine, 1 December 1819.

1824
Drawing by Wivell, signed and dated 1824, at Christie's 21 July 1981 (95), engraved by Picart and published as plate 8 by George Lawford 1825.

Undated
Pastel drawing by John Russell lent to the Russell exhibition, Graves Gallery 1909, by J. King Martyn.

In character
1823
Watercolour drawing by E. F. Lambert, whole-length as 'Ranger' in The Suspicious Husband is in the Maugham Collection, reproduced Guide, 1980, p 59.

1826
An unusual coloured aquatint by Wageman of Elliston as 'Falstaff' is in the NPG Reference Collection.



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.