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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Lord Robert Spencer (1747-1831), Third son of 3rd Duke of Marlborough

c.1754
Painting by Thomas Hudson, The Family of the 3rd Duke of Marlborough, in which Lord Robert appears as a small child on the right. Blenheim (illus. Apollo, XCV, 1972, p 48).

1758
Painting by Joshua Reynolds, as a boy, half length, in van Dyck dress. Blenheim (D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, I, 2000, no.1671).

1769
Painting by Joshua Reynolds, three-quarter length standing in masquerade costume. Private Collection, from Woolbeding (D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, I, 2000, no.1672).

1791
Drawing by W. H. Brown bust-length oval, engraved W. Grainger 1791 (The Senator).

1803
Bust by Joseph Nollekens. formerly in the Temple of Liberty, Woburn Abbey (illus. Apollo, CXXX, 1989, p 31). Exhibited RA 1804 (951).

c.1813
Drawing by William Lane, Mr Fox and his Friends, see NPG 2076.

Doubtful Portraits
A drawing of 1796 by Henry Edridge, formerly at Holland House, provisionally identified as Spencer; one of the five friends of Fox from the St Anne’s Hill House sale, Phillips, 3rd day, 24 November 1924, lots 505-507 (cf. Lansdowne 1796 and Upper Ossory 1798).



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.