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Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan

1 of 5 portraits by John De Vaere

Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan, by John De Vaere, 1798 -NPG 6270 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan

by John De Vaere
1798
4 1/8 in. x 3 1/8 in. (105 mm x 79 mm) oval
NPG 6270

This portraitback to top

The original wax mould in the Wedgwood Museum, Barlaston, is illustrated in Henry Barnard's Wedgwood bicentenary article in Connoisseur, LXXXV, May 1930, p 295 together with Admirals Nelson and St Vincent. The medallion is a standard item in a very popular set, though Tassie had already produced a similar profile from a sitting in 1797, with the hair smoother, the Ribbon of St Alexander Nevski, and an inscription on the shoulder; this was engraved by Ridley for The European Magazine, February 1798. De Vaere's medallion is a more forceful and convincing portrait.

Physical descriptionback to top

Head and shoulders to left in admiral's full-dress uniform, Star of St Alexander Nevski (no Ribbon), large Naval Gold Medal for Camperdown; hair unruly and tied in a queue.

Provenanceback to top

Alan Evans bequest (1974) to the National Gallery and placed on permanent loan to the NPG.


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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