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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Francis Buller, 1st Bt (1746-1800), Judge

Judge; KC 1777; appointed puisne judge of the King’s Bench 1778 on the recommendation of Lord Mansfield (whose portrait he owned, see NPG 172); Bt 1790.

‘short of stature, but of handsome features, with a piercing eye and a commanding forehead’ (DNB).

‘Gay, facetious, liberal in his conversation and opinions, he despises the petty prejudices of the day’ (Public Characters of 1798-99).


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.