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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

John Russell (1745-1806), Portrait painter and pastellist

Drawings by the youthful John Russell, a half-length profile and a crude half length dated 1760. Sotheby’s, 16 July 1992, lot 25.

See NPG 1788 and NPG 3907.

Drawing by George Dance, profile bust, dated 13 April 1793. Royal Academy. Engraved W. Daniell (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); a tracing by Daniell in the Yale Center for British Art (B1975.4.1132).

Pastel by John Russell, half length, a porte-crayon in his hand. Private collection (illus. G. C. Williamson, John Russell, 1894, f.p.62; I. C. Rhodes, John Russell, 1986, cover).

Painting by Henry Singleton, President and Members of the Royal Academy.

Doubtful Portraits
See NPG 3160. Pastels unconvincingly identified as self portraits include: sold Foster’s, 22 May 1912, lot 102 dated 1774 (illus. Connoisseur, LXV, 1923, p 113); sold Christie’s, 21 July 1939, lot 5; exhibited Many Faces, Spink, 1997 (8), and dated 1791 (illus. G. C. Williamson, John Russell, 1894, pp 78, 168).

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.