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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Arden, 2nd Baron Alvanley (1789-1849), Soldier

Second son of 1st Lord Alvanley; Captain 50th Regiment of Foot and a fashionable Regency buck known as a wit and spendthrift.

'Alvanley, who's your fat friend?' was Brummell's unforgivable quip epitomising the world of the Regency dandies. 'A bloated buffoon' said O'Connell.

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.