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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

James Granger (1723-1776), Biographer and print collector

1765
Painting by John Cornish, see NPG 2961.

1768
Drawing by P-E. Falconet, medallion, engraved D. P. Pariset 1768 (front. for the first edition of the Biographical History 1769); this print is seen in the 1782 portrait by L. F. Abbott of Sir William Musgrave (British Library), who had commissioned the Falconet drawing.

1775
Drawing by W. W. Ryland, medallion profile, resembling the Falconet head of 1768, engraved C. Bretherton for the 1775 edition of Granger’s Biographical History. Copied by S. Freeman 1803 for the 1804 edition and anon. (and badly) for the 1811 edition.

before 1776
Drawing by William Baillie, half-length oval in gown and bands, looking older than in the Falconet head of 1768. Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif. (extra-illustrated Bull Granger, XXXIV, f.Ir).
A ‘very good’ portrait, given him by the sitter’s widow, belonged to the sitter’s brother, John Granger of Basingstoke, in 1803 (Gentleman's Magazine, LXXIII, 1803, II, p 895).

1895
Stone bust by F. C. Thomas, in gown and bands. National Portrait Gallery, north front.



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.