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Regency Portraits Catalogue

John Gully (1783-1863), Prizefighter and racehorse owner

A magnificent whole-length mezzotint attributed to Charles Turner (Alfred Whitman, Charles Turner, 1907, 241) is probably from an oil by Ben Marshall (W. Shaw Sparrow, Stubbs and Ben Marshall, 1929, p 66); he stands by an antique marble group of wrestlers, lettered: R GULLY/From the Original Picture in the possession of Sir H. Smith Bart. Proof; it shows Gully at about the same age as the NPG portrait; a comparable portrait of 'Gentleman' Jackson, Byron's sparring-partner, was in the Hutchinson sale Christie's 20 July 1951 (106), mezzotint also by Turner 1810.

Miniature by Hudson was engraved and published by Smeeton 1812; other small engraved portraits of about this date were published in The Fancy, II, 1826, New Sporting Magazine, VII, 1834-5, Baily's Magazine, II, 1861, Sporting Review, 1863, etc.

Satirical drawing by R. Seymour, whole-length standing by a fox-fountain, with facsimile of autograph, lettered: Pontefract November J Gully, engraved for Wildrake's Cracks of the Day, 1841; Gully was MP for Pontefract 1832-7 but was defeated in the elections of June 1841.

Oil by Abraham Cooper of an equestrian group, Gully on his hack with Andover (Derby winner 1854) and Hermit, signed and dated 1854, was Sotheby's 15 January 1958 (331) and again Christie's 24 June 1977 (3); the upper half of Gully's figure, in top-hat and dark neckcloth, was engraved by Hunt and published shortly after his death.

Stipple engraving by Joseph Brown, head and shoulders with white hair and black neckcloth and facsimile of signature Jno Gully.

Portrait of a young man, called Gully and attributed to Henry Hall (fl. 1838-86), was at Christie's 24 June 1977 (52).

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.