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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Samuel Wesley (1766-1837), Composer and organist; nephew of John Wesley

Oil by John Russell exhibited RA 1777 (304) known from William Dickinson's magnificent mezzotint published 26 January 1778, whole-length as a boy standing in front of an organ, a copy of Ruth An Oratorio by Samuel Wesley Aged eight Years at his feet. The original oil (canvas 69 x 45 in) is listed and reproduced in G. C. Williamson, John Russell RA, 1894, then in collection of M. E. Wesley of Holland Park, London.

R. R. M. See, in Masquerier and His Circle, 1922, p 239, lists a three-quarter-length oil by Masquerier painted for Sir Charles Forbes. Wesley's wife, Charlotte Louisa, was a friend of Mrs Masquerier.

Small pencil drawing by J. J. Masquerier from an album at Christie's 9 April 1974 (1), head and shoulders profile to left as an old man with curly white hair (or wig) inscribed: sketched at Brighton by J M.

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.