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Henry Bathurst

Henry Bathurst, by Sir George Hayter, circa 1816 -NPG 883(1) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Henry Bathurst

by Sir George Hayter
circa 1816
4 3/4 in. x 3 3/4 in. (121 mm x 95 mm)
NPG 883(1)

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed in ink in Hayter's hand: The Bishop of Norwich

This portraitback to top

This drawing appears to be a study for a miniature, location unknown but confirmed by the lettering on Brown's stipple engraving. In this and in Edward's line engraving he is wearing vestments. A watercolour drawing by Hayter was offered to the NPG in 1936 and Hayter also painted a full-sized portrait, three-quarter-length seated in black silk gown and short wig (drawing in Sir George Scharf’s Trustees’ Sketchbooks, II, p 64) offered to the NPG in 1858, probably the portrait presented to Bishop Sheepshanks by George Hales in 1900 and now in the Rye Library, Norwich.

These drawings [NPG 883(1-21)] are all apparently studies for miniatures, which explains their small scale, the largest (Codrington) being 17.5 x 13 (6 7/8 x 5 1/8) and most much smaller. They are drawn in pencil, some strengthened with pen and ink and colour wash, two or three quite elaborately. They were probably bought at the Hayter sale, Christie's 20 April 1871, where many of his drawings were sold in large uncatalogued lots.
They are all contained in a drawer fitting into a box bound, on acquisition in 1891, to resemble a red leather book titled on the spine: ORIGINAL DRAWINGS by Sir George Hayter/NPG.

Physical descriptionback to top

Half-length seated to right holding book with both hands, short wig, plain coat, clerical collar.

Provenanceback to top

A. D. Hogarth & Sons and bought from them 1891.

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Three-quarter-length line engraving by W. C. Edwards, published 20 June 1816, develops from this drawing and shows the Bishop dressed in rochet, college cap beside him, holding book in one hand only, dedicated to Coke of Norfolk 'that the Names of the Prelate & the Patriot of whom Norfolk is proud may appear united in the same plate'. A stipple by Joseph Brown 'from an original miniature' was published 1853.


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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