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Regency Portraits Catalogue

James Harris, 1st Earl of Malmesbury (1746-1820), Diplomat

1748
Oil by Highmore, as a child with his mother Mrs James Harris, lent by the Earl of Malmesbury to 'Pictures from Hampshire Houses' exhibition 1955 (24), reproduced A. S. Lewis, Joseph Highmore, 1976, 52.

c.1755
Oil by Reynolds, as a boy in a landscape, lent by Lord Malmesbury to Winchester Loan Exhibition 1938 (13).

1777
Oils by Romney listed in H. Ward & W. Roberts, Romney, 1904, II, p 72.

c.1786
Oil by Reynolds, lent by Lord Malmesbury to Winchester Loan Exhibition 1938 (19), three-quarter-length seated holding paper, wearing Ribbon and Star of KB; a large stipple engraving of this by Caroline Watson was published 30 November 1786 and a watercolour drawing for a miniature by Grimaldi is listed in Rev Alexander Grimaldi, A Catalogue of Paintings, Drawings & Engravings by and after William Grimaldi, 1873, pp 16 and 45.

Oil by an unknown artist, perhaps Gainsborough Dupont, was at Amyand House in 1972, head and shoulders nearly in profile to right, dark coat, Ribbon and Star of KB, inscribed: James, first Earl of Malmesbury. Aet XL.

1791
Drawing by C. Corbould 'from the life' engraved by Warren for The Senator 12 February 1791, head and shoulders possibly for a miniature; another Corbould drawing, engraved by Granger for The English Magazine, 1 January 1797, shows him rather younger in appearance.

1797
Engraving by Orme in NPG, published 1 January 1797 (MacDonnell, Dictionary of National Biography, XXV, p 8) and again for The European Magazine, 1 August 1797, oval stipple to left, possibly from a miniature by Orme himself.

1806
Oil by Lawrence in Malmesbury collection, see NPG 6291; a miniature copy by Saunders is mentioned in Farington's Diary, 18 June 1806.

c.1814
Drawing by Edridge known from Picart's stipple engraving published in Cadell's Contemporary Portraits, 1814 then in possession of the Hon Mrs Robinson, Malmesbury's sister.

1822
Marble reclining figure by Chantrey in Salisbury Cathedral, commissioned 1822 by his sister the Hon Catherine Robinson, is reproduced in Margaret Whinney's Sculpture in Britain 1530-1830, 1964, plate 185 and Nicholas Penny, Church Monuments in Romantic England, 1977, plate 62.



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.