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Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey

Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, circa 1802 -NPG 654 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
circa 1802
18 3/4 in. x 13 7/8 in. (476 mm x 353 mm)
NPG 654

Inscriptionback to top

Signed lower left with initials FC.

This portraitback to top

The history of this drawing was given by the donor on acquisition. Overend's father had known the young Chantrey before he left Sheffield and had helped to finance his studies there. 'Shortly after Chantrey had settled in London, he sent to my father a drawing in chalk of himself, which he wished my father to receive as an acknowledgement by him of the kindness he had received from my father. Since that time the drawing has never been out of my family' (letter dated 7 November 1881 in NPG archive).

Physical descriptionback to top

Half-length aged about 21, hair curly and abundant with short whiskers, coat and collar worn rather high at the back, white cravat loosely tied in a large bow.

Provenanceback to top

Hall Overend of Sheffield and given by his son William Overend QC in 1882.

Exhibitionsback to top

'Sir Francis Chantrey', NPG, 1981 (32).

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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