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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Sir John Fielding (1721-1780), Magistrate and social reformer

1757
Miniature attributed to Nathaniel Hone, half length wearing dark eye band, with his first wife and adopted daughter (illus. R. Leslie-Melville, Fielding, 1934, f.p.6).

1762
Painting by Nathaniel Hone, see NPG 5515.

1769
Painting by James Williams, exhibited Free Society of Artists, London, 1769 (240, A deception), see Wal. Soc., XXVII, p 82.

1771
Bust by James Paine jr., exhibited Society of Artists, London, 1771 (224).

1773
Painting by Nathaniel Hone, half length, bare-headed, wearing a deep red cloak, his arms resting on a copy of The Law which weighs down a serpent. Middlesex Sessions. Engraved J. R. Smith 1773 (exhibited Society of Artists, London, 1774, no.267; illus. Leslie-Melville, Fielding, 1934, f.p.184).

1774
Medal, bust derived from the 1773 Hone portrait; inscribed, verso: CAECUS LATENTES SCRVTATVR. SENEX VIOLENTOS COERCET. (L. Brown, A Catalogue of British Historical Medals 1760-1790: The Accession of George III to the Death of William IV, 1980, no.187).

Engraved on stone by John Kirk, a head, exhibited Society of Artists, London, 1774 (under 129).

c.1774
Anon. engravings: bust-length oval with dark eye band; and, reversed, with a portrait of Lady Fielding (presumably his second wife, whom he married 1774).

1778
Painting by M. W. Peters, three-quarter length seated, a band just above his eyes, as Chairman of the Quarter Sessions for the City of Westminster, exhibited RA 1778 (231). Engraved W. Dickinson 1778 (illus. Leslie-Melville, Fielding, 1934, f.p.146, and seen in S. De Wilde’s The Village Lawyer in the Garrick Club, illus. G. Ashton, Pictures in the Garrick Club, ed. K. A. Burnim & A. Wilton, 1997, no.40). A half-length miniature version sold Christie’s, 20 March 1990, lot 136, and Phillips, 22 April 1991, lot 108.
A busto by Charles Harris, large as life, was advertised in his trade cat. of c.1793 at two guineas.



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.