Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
James Stuart (1713-1788), Painter and architect
‘his stature was of the middle size, but athletic; of robust constitution, and a natural courage invincible by terror; and a bold perseverance, unshaken by the most poignant difficulties’ (J. Nichols, Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century).
‘Mr Stuart, though short, was not a fat, but rather a heavy-looking man, and his face declared him to be fond of what is called friendly society’ (J. T. Smith, 1828).
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.