Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
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Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil and grey wash, circa 1800
5 3/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (136 mm x 143 mm)
Given by the Misses Frere, 1925
Sitterback to top
- Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1781-1841), Sculptor. Sitter in 11 portraits, Artist associated with 267 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1781-1841), Sculptor. Artist associated with 267 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
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This informal drawing shows the sculptor, accompanied by his pets, suffering from mumps. Sent to friends, the Crampern family, in place of his customary visit, the letters on the bottles on the mantelpiece spell out the name of his doctor; Merryman. The drawing was made 'in his bachelor days', when Chantrey lived in relative poverty as he struggled for recognition. Chantrey married his cousin Mary Anne in 1809, and her dowry allowed him to set up independently as a sculptor.
On his death, Chantrey bequeathed his fortune to the Royal Academy of Art to buy British paintings and sculpture for the establishment of a 'public national collection of British fine art'. This collection became the foundation of the Tate Gallery.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Gibson, Robin, The Face in the Corner: Animal Portraits from the Collections of the National Portrait Gallery, 1998, p. 51
- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 80
- Robin Gibson, Pets in Portraits, 2015, p. 81
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 85
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 114
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 103
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- From Pencil to Chisel: Sir Francis Chantrey’s Portrait Drawings (2 April 2011 - 20 November 2011)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1800back to top
Current affairsWidespread food riots after poor harvests of 1798-9. Theorist, Thomas Malthus, controversially argues that poverty and food shortages are an inevitable consequence of population growth, challenging assumptions that populousness was a sign of national prosperity and power. His thesis contributed forcefully to the debate over the existing Poor Law.
Art and scienceWilliam Wordsworth publishes his Preface to the Lyrical Ballads; a retrospective explanation of his experimental poems written with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It becomes one of the best-known manifestos of Romantic literature.
InternationalLord Castlereagh, Chief Secretary for Ireland, is the main architect of the Act of Union under which Ireland is merged with Great Britain and the Irish parliament is abolished.
British troops support successful uprising by Maltese against the French.
Napoleon is victorious against Austrians at Marengo and reconquers Italy.