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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville (1742-1811), Statesman

This list does not include the innumerable political satires issued between 1782 and 1811 especially at the time of the Regency Crisis 1789 and the trial in Westminster Hall 1806, all appearing in the British Museum Catalogues. Arniston House, Midlothian (Mr and Mrs Dundas-Bekker) contains a number of family portraits.

c.1775
Pastel (head only) copied by Archibald Skirving from three-quarter-length by David Martin, Arniston House.

1782
Miniature by Dodd engraved Heath and published J. Walker 31 August 1782, head and shoulders in stone oval as Lord Advocate of Scotland.

Miniature in a decorated oval engraved for The London Magazine November 1782, head and shoulders in wig, gown and lace bands, re-issued by Hogg & Downes in Constitutional Magazine, 1 December 1793, as Home Secretary.

Oil by Reynolds at Arniston House, head and shoulders in wig, gown and lace bands, mezzotint by J. R. Smith 1783 (John Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotint Portraits, 58).

1783
Etching by Sayers, 'Razor's Levee', described by Horace Walpole as 'the best of the deluge of satiric prints against the Coalition' (British Museum Catalogue, V, 6217).

1785
Wedgwood medallion adapted by Tassie from a profile by Isaac Gosset (Scottish NPG 1267), engraved for The European Magazine, July 1785 and The Edinburgh Magazine, June 1795.

1790-5
Several satirical etchings by John Kay in Kay's Portraits.

c.1790
Miniature by an unknown artist at Arniston, head and shoulders to left in wig, dark coat, white shirt-frill; an oil (30 x 25 in) attributed to Hoppner was at Parke-Bernet (McCann sale) 21 February 1945 (46).

1793-4
'The House of Commons 1793-4' by K. A. Hickel (NPG 745).

1793
Oil by Romney in a private Scottish collection, whole-length standing in robes; a three-quarter-length copy was at Christie's (Earl of Ancaster sale) 9 April 1954 (46); mezzotint by Young 1798 (John Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotint Portraits, 21).

1795
Miniature engraved and published by B. Crosby 15 December 1795, half-length in wig, white neckcloth and shirt-frill.

c.1799
Oil by Rising on loan to Scottish NPG (L123) from the Duke of Buccleuch, three-quarter-length seated holding papers; copies at Arniston and Duke of Northumberland's collection (formerly Albury); exhibited RA 1799 (88) and mezzotint by Young 1806 (John Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotint Portraits, 20).

c.1805
Oil by Raeburn at Bowhill (Duke of Buccleuch), head and shoulders in wig, robes and ermine.

1806
The trial scene in Westminster Hall was painted by Nattes and published by Ackerman as an aquatint July 1806 (example in Palace of Westminster collection); a drawing by John Nixon at Christie's 22 November 1977 (60).

1807
Marble bust by Turnerelli in the Duke of Northumberland's collection (formerly Albury).

c.1810 or earlier
Oils by Lawrence (see NPG 746).

Sculpture
Marble bust by Chantrey in Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar, incised: CHANTREY SC. 1834, damaged during the War 1939-45, plaster model Ashmolean Museum (601/89) and mezzotint by S. W. Reynolds (proof before letters in NPG). Chantrey's statue, finished by Robert Forrest, was set up in Parliament House, Edinburgh, 1818 (reproduced Margaret Whinney, Sculpture in Britain 1530-1830, 1964, plate 180a).



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.