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John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford

John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford, by Sir George Hayter, circa 1815-1820 -NPG 883(3) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford

by Sir George Hayter
circa 1815-1820
6 1/2 in. x 4 5/8 in. (165 mm x 118 mm)
NPG 883(3)

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed in Hayter's handwriting: His Grace the Duke of Bedford.

This portraitback to top

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 left aged about 50, broad white collar, holding a roll of paper in right hand.

Provenanceback to top

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


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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