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Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt

Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt, by Sir Martin Archer Shee, 1843 -NPG 432 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt

by Sir Martin Archer Shee
30 1/4 in. x 25 1/8 in. (768 mm x 639 mm)
NPG 432

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed in ink on back of frame: Sir Francis Burdett Bart./June 1843/Sir Francis was born on Jan' 1770/Died Jany 18; formerly inscribed in pencil on stretcher: No.5 M.A. Shee; written in ink: Mrs Trevanion/10 Chester Square/London.
The canvas is stamped:
Brown 163 High Holborn London TB 8 41.

This portraitback to top

Shee painted two portraits of Burdett both of which belonged to two of his daughters and were possibly commissioned by them. The earliest, a three-quarter-length standing holding a roll of paper, his left hand on a table with books and papers, was exhibited RA 1838 and again in the Exhibition of the Royal House of Guelph, New Gallery, 1891, lent by the Baroness Burdett-Coutts; this was offered to the NPG in 1946 by a member of the family and is now in the Headmaster's house, Westminster School. The second portrait, NPG 432, is slightly smaller and belonged to Burdett's second daughter, Susan; her younger sister, Lady Burdett-Coutts, considered it to be a 'very much finer portrait than the only one I could give when the late President Lord Stanhope asked me for one' – i.e. NPG 34 by Phillips (letter from Lady Burdett-Coutts in NPG archive).

Physical descriptionback to top

Half-length seated to left aged 73, left hand on walking-stick, dark blue coat, cream waistcoat, white shirt and neckcloth tied with bow; blue eyes, sparse white hair, rosy complexion; plain drab background.

Provenanceback to top

The sitter's second daughter, Mrs Susan Trevanion, who gave it 1876.

Exhibitionsback to top

RA 1844.

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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