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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

John Russell (1745-1806), Portrait painter and pastellist

Pastellist, b. Guildford; dramatically converted to Methodism 1764; studied under Francis Cotes c.1765-67 and at the RA schools 1770; exhibited Society of Artists, London, 1768 and RA 1769-1806; published Elements of Painting in Crayons 1772 (revised 1777); ARA 1772, RA 1788; Crayon Painter to the King 1790; he made a study of the surface of the moon, completing a lunar relief map in 1795 (Museum of the History of Science, Oxford).

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.