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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Alan Gardner, 1st Baron Gardner (1742-1808 or 1809), Admiral

c.1780?
Drawing by Ozias Humphry, bust-length oval in private dress, inscribed with identity. Formerly in the collection of G. C. Williamson (illus. G. C. Williamson, Ozias Humphry, 1918, p 80).

c.1782
Painting called John Downman, bust-length oval, in captain’s uniform. Christie’s, 20 May 1977, lot 22. Engraved, the uniform altered to flag officer's undress. W. Ridley 1782 (from an unattributed painting in the possession of ‘Dobree Esq 1782; Pierson 1794 (European Mag.).

1794
On 17 July 1794 Farington introduced Bowyer to Admiral Gardner ‘to compare Stuarts portrait with the Admiral’, implying Stuart had painted him. Gilbert Stuart certainly painted the Admiral’s brother Henry (Joseph Farington, Diary, 20 December 1802).

Drawing by George Dance, half-length profile with tie wig, engraved W. Daniell 1809 as Lord Gardner (A Collection of Portraits sketched from the Life since the Year 1973 by George Dance Esqr. R.A. and engraved in imitation of the Original Drawings by William Daniell, A.R.A., 2 vols, 1814). Presumably the portrait by Dance exhibited RA 1795 (582). Gardner first sat to Dance on 18 July 1794 (Joseph Farington, Diary).

Gardner sat to Robert Bowyer on 21 July 1794 (Joseph Farington, Diary).

Painting by K. A. Hickel, half-length painted oval. National Maritime Museum (BHC 2704). Gardner also sat to Hickel on 24 July 1794 (‘They think the portrait like’; Joseph Farington, Diary), for inclusion in Hickel’s House of Commons (NPG 745).

1796
Drawing by G. K. Parker, engraved G. Murray, half-length oval, in admiral’s uniform, wearing campaign medal (Lady’s Pocket Mag.).

1799
Painting by Theophilus Clarke, see NPG 2103.

c.1799?
Painting by William Beechey, half length, in admiral’s full-dress uniform. Engraved Fenner & Co 1832. Oval version exhibited Second special exhibition of National Portraits (William and Mary to MDCCC), South Kensington, 1867 (613) lent Lord Gardner; a version with Lt.-Col. Cornwall in 1928. Copy in the National Maritime Museum (BHC 2703), exhibited Royal Naval Exhibition, Chelsea, 1891 (338) unattributed.

c.1800
Silhouette, painting on glass by Charles Rosenberg, bust length to left. Bonham’s, 9 November 1995, lot 87.

Undated
A miniature by J. H. Hurter, in naval uniform, was exhibited SKM 1865 (59) lent Lord Cremorne.


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.