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Charles Manners Sutton, 1st Viscount Canterbury

Regency Portraits Catalogue

Charles Manners Sutton, 1st Viscount Canterbury

by Henry William Pickersgill
1833
53 in. x 43 in. (1346 mm x 1092 mm)
NPG 1987

This portraitback to top

According to letters from the Speaker's grandson and donor of the portrait, this is the original painted by Pickersgill for the Speaker's daughter: 'Evelyn Denison, when Speaker, asked my mother … to let him put the original painting by Pickersgill in the Speaker's House. She declined to part with the original picture which was painted for her and for which "my father Richard Sanderson had paid Pickersgill", but she allowed a copy to be made which hangs in the Speaker's House' (letters from Rev Canon Edward Manners-Sanderson in NPG archive); this copy was made by F. P. Graves in 1864 and presented by Speaker Denison in 1869 (Palace of Westminster Catalogue No.47). Another version, also by Pickersgill, belonged to the Viscounts Canterbury until the peerage expired in 1941 when it passed to the Speaker's great-grandson, Edward Bright of Sherfield House, Basingstoke.

Physical descriptionback to top

Nearly whole-length seated in grey wig, black gown over court dress, Ribbon and Star of GCB, eyeglass in right hand, Speaker's black three-cornered hat in left; brown eyes, fresh complexion.

Provenanceback to top

Painted for the Speaker's daughter Charlotte (Sanderson); her second son Lord Sanderson and at his death in 1923 to her fifth and youngest son the Rev Canon Edward Manners-Sanderson who gave it to the NPG in the same year.

Exhibitionsback to top

RA 1833 (33); on loan to Royal Courts of Justice since 1958.

Reproductionsback to top

Mixed line and stipple by Freeman 1833; mezzotint by Samuel Cousins 1835 (four published states).


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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