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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Thomas William Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester of Holkham (1754-1842), Politician and agricultural reformer

Oil by Batoni at Holkham, whole-length standing with dog and statue inscribed: P. Batoni pinxit Roma 1774.

Oil by Gainsborough at Holkham, whole-length standing with gun, three dogs and a dead woodcock.

As 'Mr Coke of Norfolk', a Whig MP for many years with the reputation of being the first Commoner of England, he could be expected to appear on the Opposition side in Hickel's House of Commons, NPG 745. He may be the prominent figure on the extreme right, no.94 in the key.

Bust by Nollekens noted by Farington, Diary, 21 June 1804; marble signed and dated 1812 at Royal Horticultural Society, Westminster.

Oil by Garrard, 'Woburn Sheepshearing' at Woburn Abbey.

Marble bust by Garrard at Shugborough signed and dated 31 May 1806, the plaster model exhibited RA 1805 (811). An etching by Garrard, whole-length standing in front of Holkham Hall, was published 31 May 1806 'From the original Picture in the Possession of Lord Somerville'.

Oil by Opie at Holkham, whole-length standing by the window; another formerly in the collection of Captain Philip Hunloke JP, mezzotint by S. W. Reynolds 1807 (Alfred Whitman, S. W. Reynolds, 1903, 57 and Ada Earland, John Opie and his Circle, 1911, 270.

Oil by Lawrence in Norwich Shire Hall, whole-length standing by a table with Magna Carta (Kenneth Garlick, ‘Catalogue of Paintings, Drawings and Pastels of Sir Thomas Lawrence’, Walpole Society Journal, XXXIX, 1964, p 57).

Oil by Thomas Weaver in Ministry of Agriculture, half-length with quill and plan of water-meadows, signed and dated 1808 (GAC 3932); Weaver's picture of Coke inspecting his Southdown sheep is at Holkham, mezzotint by Ward 1808.

Oil by Reinagle at Holkham, exhibited RA 1815 (1), whole-length standing by a tree with hound; a small copy is at Shugborough; 2 pencil drawings in V&A Museum, one with watercolour signed and dated 1815.

Oil by Thomas Barber known from Turner's mezzotint published 24 June 1816 'from a Portrait in the possession of Martin Folks Richter Esq'; later impression altered to 'Rishton' (Alfred Whitman, Charles Turner, 1907, 129).

Oil by Lawrence in Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, half-length seated in dark coat and buff waistcoat (Kenneth Garlick, ‘Catalogue of Paintings, Drawings and Pastels of Sir Thomas Lawrence’, Walpole Society Journal, XXXIX, 1964, p 57).

Oil by Hayter at Holkham, three-quarter-length holding letter; a version was at Sotheby's 6 June 1973 (271).

Bust by Francis exhibited RA 1820 (1016).

Silhouette by Edwards, engraving in NPG 'from a drawing made at Holkham by W. C. Edwards in 1824' (Sue McKechnie, British Silhouette Artists and their Work 1760-1860, 1978, 744 reproduced).

Marble bust by Chantrey at Holkham, see NPG 316a(77-8).

Bust by Moore exhibited RA 1829 (117).

Oil by Lane formerly in St Andrew's Hall, Norwich, sold to Holkham in 1963, was exhibited RA 1832 (249) 'Painted by desire of the agriculturists of Norfolk to be placed in the new Corn Exchange at Norwich'; copy at RA 1835 (222); lithograph by Gauci 1834.

Miniature at Holkham reproduced A. M. W. Stirling, Coke of Norfolk and his Friends, 1912, p 580.

Stipple engraving by Cook after a portrait by W. H. Davis published Rogerson, 1 January 1843, half-length standing making notes on top-hat.

Oil by Ansdell known from S. W. Reynolds's mezzotint published by Agnew 8 May 1844, whole-length standing in a landscape, very old (Alfred Whitman, S. W. Reynolds, 1903, 507).

Design by T. Turner for a column to be erected at Holkham, exhibited RA 1844 (1211); the monument finally chosen was by Donthorne and set up 1845-50 (Pevsner, Norfolk, p 204 and H. M. Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1978, p 270). Details of the podium bas-reliefs are reproduced in A. M. W. Stirling, Coke of Norfolk and his Friends, 1912, pp 604-6.

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.