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Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey

Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, circa 1800 -NPG 2103a - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
circa 1800
5 3/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (136 mm x 143 mm)
NPG 2103a

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed in ink: sketch from nature, and in pencil: (a bachelor), and in ink along the mantelshelf: Mr Merreyman.

This portraitback to top

The drawing is accompanied by a note from Miss Isabella Crampern: 'A sketch of Sir F. Chantrey by himself in his bachelor days. He was confined to the house with an attack of Mumps, & sent to my Father & Mother to account for not paying his customary visit. The bottles on the mantle shelf were intended to spell the name of his Dr. Merreman. [signed] Isabella Crampern' (note in registered packet in NPG archive 2103a).

Physical descriptionback to top

Whole-length seated suffering miserably from mumps and surrounded by sympathetic cats and dogs.

Provenanceback to top

Sent by Chantrey to his friends Mr and Mrs Crampern and bequeathed by their daughter Isabella to her friends the Misses Frere (daughters of Sir Bartle Frere) in about 1900; given to the NPG by the Misses Frere in 1925.

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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