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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

John Baker Holroyd, 1st Earl of Sheffield (1735-1821), Statesman

1764-65
Pastel by Thomas Hickey, whole-length standing before Roman ruins. Sheffield sale, Christie’s, 11 December 1909, lot 3, unattributed (but cf. G. P. Harding, List of Portraits in Various Mansions of the United Kingdom, I, p 9, as ‘Lord Sheffield in the uniform of the Royal Forresters Hickey’). If painted in Italy, as the Roman ruins might suggest, the portrait must be dated 1764-65 when Holroyd, Ridley (see below) and Hickey were together in Rome. Holroyd was a Cornet in the 21st Dragoons (Royal Forresters) from April 1760, and Captain from December 1761.

Painting by Thomas Hickey, whole length, with Col. Richard Ridley. Sheffield sale, Christie’s, 11 December 1909, lot 84 as Hickey 1766 (G. P. Harding, List of Portraits in Various Mansions of the United Kingdom, I, p 15, as ‘Lord Sheffield & Col. Ridley reading. painted at Rome Hickey’, indicating a date of 1764-65, see above).

1769
Portrait by John Smart. Sheffield Place c.1804 (G. P. Harding, List of Portraits in Various Mansions of the United Kingdom, I, p 9) with a companion piece of his first wife Abigail, the latter presumably the miniature dated 1769, sold Sotheby’s, 11 November 1993, lot 12.

c.1775
Painting by George Romney, half length. Liechtenstein collection, Vienna (from the Sheffield sale, Christie’s, 11 December 1909, lot 117).

1777
Painting by Angelica Kauffmann, whole length in Van Dyck dress with a plumed hat. Private collection; Sheffield sale, Christie’s, 11 December 1909, lot 94. Engraved J. R. Smith 1777.

1780
Pastel by John Downman, half-length oval. Sheffield sale, Christie’s, 11 December 1909, lot 6 sitter unidentified (illus. J. H. Adeane, Girlhood of Maria Josepha Holroyd, 1896, f.p.112).

1788
Painting by Joshua Reynolds, half length in Peer’s robes. London art market (D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, I, 2000, no.918). Painted for Edward Gibbon; Sheffield sale, Christie’s, 11 December 1909, lot 114. Exhibited RA 1788 (23). Engraved J. Jones 1789. Version with Earl of Chichester at Stanmer in 1886 (Sir George Scharf's Trustees' Sketch Books, 33/63); copy by Henry Edridge 1795 (J. H. Adeane, Girlhood of Maria Josepha Holroyd, 1896, p 334); miniature copy by William Grimaldi 1788, New Orleans Museum of Art (illus. P. P. Bardo, English and Continental Portrait Painting, 1978, p 67, no.61; Rev. A. Grimaldi, A Catalogue of Paintings, Drawings & Engravings by and after William Grimaldi, 1873, p 37, no.402, with a pencil drawing, p 47, no.97).

1791
Silhouette, whole-length standing, with Edward Gibbon. Private collection (illus. G. de Beer, Gibbon, 1967, p 101).

1793-95
Painting by K. A. Hickel, The House of Commons 1793-94, see NPG 745.

1798
Drawing by Henry Edridge, see NPG 2185.

1806
Painting by M. A. Shee, whole length. Parliament Building (assembly hall), Fredericton, New Brunswick. Commissioned by the House of Assembly, New Brunswick, for Province Hall. Exhibited RA 1806 (29), Farington commenting (10 April 1806) ‘very indifferent’.

c.1815-20
Miniature by C. Borckhard, white hair, white neckcloth, black coat. Victoria and Albert Museum (Evans 71).

1820
Painting by George Beechey, half length. Sotheby’s, 22 February 1928, lot 20 as Sir W. Beechey. Exhibited RA 1821 (434).

Doubtful Portraits
Two weak anon. bust-length oval engravings of 1783 (paired with a ‘Miss Charlotte F - r’) and 1784 (European Mag.).

A pastel attributed to H. D. Hamilton, Myers Galleries, exhibited Italy & the Grand Tour, Grosvenor House Fair, n.d., no.9. Painting attributed to M. W. Peters, half length in Van Dyck dress, sold Christie’s, 10 November 1961, lot 125 (bearing the Sheffield arms).



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.