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Regency Portraits Catalogue

John Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl Spencer (1782-1845), Whig statesman

The pictures at Althorp, the home of Earl Spencer near Northampton, have been catalogued by Professor Ellis Waterhouse and brought up to date by Dr Kenneth Garlick in the Walpole Society Journal, XLV, 1976; it excludes miniatures and sculpture.

1786
Oil by Reynolds at Althorp, whole-length as a small boy (Kenneth Garlick, 'Catalogue of Pictures at Althorp' in Walpole Society Journal, XLV, 1976, 530 and plate 7); an enamel miniature copy by W. H. Croft 1787 is also at Althorp (1851 Catalogue, p 26).

1788
Oil by J. Roberts known from John Jones's mezzotint published 1788, whole-length with his sister Lady Charlotte in characters of Colonel and Miss Rivers from False Delicacy by Hugh Kelly (not in John Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotint Portraits).

1790
Drawing by Richard Westall, in a group with Lady Sarah and the Hon Richard Spencer (1851 Catalogue, 165 and exhibited SKM 1865 (1242) lent by Lord Spencer).

1798
Crayon drawing by Edridge at Althorp, signed and dated 1798 (1851 Catalogue, 141).

1800
Oil by Shee at Althorp with a replica at Harrow School (Kenneth Garlick, 'Catalogue of Pictures at Althorp' in Walpole Society Journal, XLV, 1976, 599).

1814
Miniature by Hayter signed and dated 1814, exhibited SKM 1865 (2126) lent by the Dowager Lady Spencer.

1816
Oil by Hayter at Althorp, whole-length standing against a garden urn signed and dated 1816 (Kenneth Garlick, 'Catalogue of Pictures at Althorp' in Walpole Society Journal, XLV, 1976, 267); an enamel copy by H. P. Bone is also at Althorp (1851 Catalogue, p 28).

1819
Oil by Phillips at Althorp, listed in Phillips's Sitter Book under 1819 (Kenneth Garlick, 'Catalogue of Pictures at Althorp' in Walpole Society Journal, XLV, 1976, 496), mezzotint by Charles Turner published 14 June 1831.

1830-4
Enamel by H. P. Bone at Althorp in robes as Chancellor of the Exchequer (1851 Catalogue, 146), perhaps that published as a stipple vignette by W. Darton & Co.

1832
Marble bust by William Butlin at Althorp exhibited RA 1832 (1149); a model for a statue 'to be executed in bronze' was exhibited RA 1834 (1035), see Rupert Gunnis, Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851, 1953, p 75.

Drawing by R. Page known from a stipple vignette by W. T. Page published Fisher Son & Co 1832, probably for Jerdan's National Portrait Gallery but not used therein.

Drawing and mezzotint by Charles Turner (NPG 1318).

Oil by Hayter at Althorp, head and shoulders study for 'The House of Commons 1833' see Richard Ormond, National Portrait Gallery: Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p 535; this was engraved by Scriven for John Saunders, Political Reformers, 1840.

1837
Model for a bust by J. Francis exhibited RA 1837 (1267).

1839
Chalk drawing by John Doyle in British Museum (Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists … in the British Museum, II, p 95), equestrian published as lithograph by T. McLean, 1 July 1839.

1842
Medal by William Wyon commissioned by the Royal Agricultural Society, exhibited RA 1842 (1172) and engraved as Bate's anaglyptograph by A. R. Freebairn 1845.

1843
Oil by Richard Ansdell at Althorp, group with Lord Spencer's champion shorthorn bull Firby (Kenneth Garlick, 'Catalogue of Pictures at Althorp' in Walpole Society Journal, XLV, 1976, 16).



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.