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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Joseph Wilton (1722-1803), Sculptor

1752
Painting by Joshua Reynolds, see NPG 4810.

1760
Painting by Francis Hayman, a whole-length sculptor, standing by an easel, with his wife and small daughter. Victoria and Albert Museum (P.7.1985; see B. Allen, Burlington Magazine, CXXV, 1983, pp 195-200). The alternative identification of the sculptor Benjamin Carter is less persuasive (J. Wood, Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, 62, 1999, pp 404-06).

1761
Bust by L-F. Roubiliac, exhibited Society of Artists, London, 1761 (154). Cast in the Royal Academy, exhibited Rococo, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1984 (S36.).
In A Call to Connoisseurs, 1761, Roubiliac and Wilton were hailed as the ‘great and glorious’ British sculptors of the age (see M. Baker & D. Bindman, Roubiliac and the 18th century Monument, 1995, p 76).

c.1765
Painting by J. H. Mortimer, standing behind the seated Mortimer who is drawing, as a boy brings him a classical bust. Royal Academy (J. Sunderland, 'John Hamilton Mortimer, his Life and Works', Wal. Soc., 1986, no.32, fig.49). See Mortimer NPG 234.

c.1765-70
Painting by J. H. Mortimer, Caricature Group.

c.1771
Painting attributed to Charles Grignion jr., see NPG 4314.

1772
Painting by Johann Zoffany, The Academicians of the Royal Academy,see NPG 1437.

1782
Painting by J-F. Rigaud, with Sir William Chambers and Sir Joshua Reynolds, see NPG 987.

1793
Drawing by George Dance, half-length profile, dated 30 March 1793. Royal Academy. Engraved, reversed, W. Daniell 1810. Fuseli commented on this drawing: ‘How simple are the thinking parts of this man’s head, and how sumptuous the manducatory’ (J. T. Smith, 'A Book for a Rainy Day, ed. W. Whitten, 1905, p 204). A less finished version drawing exhibited Sublime and Beautiful, Sabin, 1973 (32), illus. pl.2.

Pen drawing by John Cawse, heavy whole-length figure, with wig, a stick in his left hand. British Museum (1883.5.12.158).

1795
Painting by Henry Singleton, President and Members of the Royal Academy.

1803
Portrait by T. D. Guest, exhibited RA 1803 (711).



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.