The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Regency Portraits Catalogue

Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl Stanhope (1753-1816), Scientist and politician; MP for Wycombe

Lists of pictures at Chevening House were published in 1861 and 1931. The property now belongs to the Administrative Trustees of the Chevening Estate.

As Viscount Mahon
1763
Oil by Allan Ramsay at Chevening (1931 Catalogue, 36), half-length signed and dated 1763 holding a stool-ball bat, exhibited 'Allan Ramsay', RA, 1964 (58).

c.1773
Pastel by Liotard at Chevening, half-length seated in bright blue coat holding a portrait of his mother (1931 Catalogue, 65).

1774
Oil by A. Prud'homme at Chevening (1931 Catalogue, 54), whole-length standing in uniform as Commander of Geneva Archers, signed and dated on the quiver 1774, beside him the Geneva city arms, scales of justice, a book of laws and a cap of liberty on a pole; a mezzotint by T. Watson, half-length only, was published in 1775 (John Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotint Portraits, 169). Duplicate oils are in the Maison de l'Exercice de l'Arc in Geneva and at Mellerstain.

1778
Oil by Copley in the Tate Gallery (100), 'The Death of the Earl of Chatham' in which Stanhope, then Lord Mahon, kneels at his father-in-law's feet (no.40 in the key); he married Lady Hester in 1774.

1782-6
Etching by James Sayers, one of a series of anti-Jacobin satires showing a lanky Lord Mahon with sparse tie-wig and ill-fitting three-cornered hat, published C. Bretherton 17 June 1782 (clear impression in NPG). An etching and aquatint by Sayers, 'FRONTISPIECE to the 2nd Edition of Lord St-e's observations on Mr Pitt's Plan of Finance', satirises Stanhope's lankiness and awkward gestures, published 29 May 1786 (British Museum Satires, 6960).

As Earl Stanhope
1786-8
Oil by Gainsborough at Chevening (1931 Catalogue, 40), head and shoulders in peer's robes, begun in 1786 and unfinished at the artist's death.

1791
Numerous anti-Jacobin satires by Gillray were published from 1791 onwards.

Line engraving by 'Annabal Scratch', 'JERRY SNEAK failing to attend a Revolutionary Society dinner', published 1 August 1791 (British Museum Satires, 7895).

1792
Drawing and engraving by C. Warren in The Senator, 16 May 1792.

1794
Engraving in the manner of drawing by James Sayers, Anacharsis Cloots, published 12 May 1794 (British Museum Satires, 8452).

1795
Drawings by Ozias Humphry (NPG 380).

Medal by W. Whitley, obverse with head and shoulders profile to left: THE MINORITY OF ONE 1795; reverse: STANHOPE/THE FRIEND OF/TRIAL BY JURY etc. (Laurence Brown, British Historical Medals, 1980, 405).

1798
Drawing and stipple engraved 'from the life' by Henry Richter, profile to right published 4 June 1798.

1803
Oil by John Opie (NPG 3324).

Wax relief by S. Percy exhibited RA 1803 (1027) - a frame containing portraits of Fox, Pitt, Burdett, Tooke and Stanhope; a copy of the Stanhope wax is at Chevening.

1862
'Men of Science Living in 1807-8' by Gilbert (NPG 1075).



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.