Samuel Bagster the Elder

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Samuel Bagster the Elder

by John Linnell
circa 1852
17 3/8 in. x 11 in. (442 mm x 279 mm)
NPG 1816


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Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed below the mount: Saml Bagster from life/Old Windsor ca 1852

This portraitback to top

The drawing is an 'improved' version of an original sepia ink sketch (c.21.0 x 17.0) still in the Bagster family collection, half-length seated to left signed and dated: J Linnell/May 1849. Another drawing, more finished and in watercolour, was also in lot 82 at the Linnell sale and sold by the NPG Trustees to Sir John Lane; it was inscribed in the same handwriting: Samuel Bagster Senr/done at Windsor May 1849/John Linnell fect at Windsor/about a year before he died. Included in lot 82 was a number of other portraits of which seven, Bagster, Crotch (2), Jeffrey, Murray, Perry and Young, remain in the NPG, the others being sold at a modest profit to the Scottish NPG, the Office of Works, Sir Edmund Gosse and others.

Physical descriptionback to top

Head and shoulders facing, white chalk highlights on head, hair, face and neck-tie; lips faintly coloured.

Provenanceback to top

Linnell family then Christie's (Linnell sale) 15 March 1918 (82), bought Leggatt on behalf of the NPG.


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.

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