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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Augustus Henry FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton (1735-1811), Prime Minister

c.1753-54
Unattributed painting, whole-length standing. Euston. Probably painted during Grafton’s first tour in Italy in 1753-54; formerly attributed to Hudson.

1755-58
Painting by Joshua Reynolds; sittings took place in February and March 1755 and January 1758 (D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, I, 2000, no.636).

1759
Painting by Joshua Reynolds, half-length painted oval, wearing a fur-collared red coat. Private collection (D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, I, 2000, no.637).

1762
Painting by Pompeo Batoni, see NPG 4899.

1776
Painting by R. E. Pine, three-quarter length, wearing ceremonial Garter robes, holding Motion for Address for 1776. Euston (drawn by Scharf 1881; Sir George Scharf's Sketch Books, 102/70). The Motion proposed that diplomacy might prevent war with the American colonies.

c.1766
Painting by Nathaniel Dance, half length, holding a letter signed ND. Euston. Dance, who probably met Grafton in Rome in 1762, had returned to England by June 1766.

c.1780-85
Wax relief by Isaac Gossett, medallion profile. Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore (75.23). The identification is plausible but undocumented.

c.1780
Miniature attributed to Jeremiah Meyer, bust-length oval wearing Garter star. Euston.

1782
Two etchings by J. Sayers, each whole length:
a) with hat and stick, the Garter star on his coat;
b) with folded arms (M. D. George, British Museum, Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires, V, 6060; illus. A. S. Turberville, English Social History, 1929, p 261). A drawing for or from the latter sold Sotheby’s, 8 June 1978, lot 108.

1793
Engraving by C. T. Warren, bust-length (for The Senator).

1794
Etching by J. Sayers, profile bust titled Egalité (M. D. George, British Museum, Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires, VII, 8457).

1798
Engraving by W. Ridley, bust-length profile. There is a similar undated engraving by H. Richter.

1801
Etching by Robert Dighton, A Noble Duke, taken on the Steyne at Brighton, whole length (M. D. George, British Museum, Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires, 9742).

1805
Painting by John Hoppner, half length with Garter star. Euston. Exhibited RA 1805 (122). Engraved C. Turner 1805; H. R. Cook 1807; T. Wright 1820; E. Bocquet. Version formerly at Bayham Abbey (illus. Connoisseur, XXI, 1908, p 76) and copies listed with the Duke of Grafton in 1931 and with Mrs Hore-Ruthven in 1962 (J. Steegman, Portraits in Welsh Houses, II, p 11, no.31).

Engraving by Kennerley, bust length with Garter star.

c.1805
Silhouette on glass by Charles Rosenberg, bust length. Christie’s, 11 October 1977, lot 21 (100 Silhouette Portraits from the Wellesley Coll., 1912, pl.XV). Another, reversed, showing Garter star, sold Christie’s, 27 November 1984, lot 17 (as the 4th Duke).

An unspecified portrait listed at Ragley in 1797 (Musgrave MSS 6391, f.217).

Grafton appears as an incidental figure in a painting of c.1780 attributed to a follower of Hugh Barron, A Hunt Breakfast, sold Christie’s, 11 November 1999, lot 52 (illus. G. C. Williamson & Lady Victoria Manners, John Zoffany, R.A., his life and works, 1920, f.p.156, as Zoffany), and his head appears in the stained-glass windows by M. E. Ainmiller 1855-58 in Peterhouse chapel, Cambridge.

Doubtful Portraits
A half-length pastel of c.1755 in a Scottish private collection and an unattributed miniature at Woburn Abbey (Sir George Scharf's Sketch Books, 110/22, 29).



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.