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Charles Long, 1st Baron Farnborough

Charles Long, 1st Baron Farnborough, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, 1820 -NPG 2090 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Charles Long, 1st Baron Farnborough

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
1820
29 1/2 in. (749 mm) high
NPG 2090

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed on the back: CHANTREY SC./1820.

This portraitback to top

The bust was commissioned by Sir Abraham Hume in 1819 and £120 paid 6 January 1820 (Sir Francis Chantrey’s Ledgers of Accounts, p 101); the camera lucida drawing for it is NPG 316a (79-80). It came to Ashridge, Lord Brownlow's romantic castle in Hertfordshire, the link being through the two daughters of Sir Abraham Hume - Amelia Lady Farnborough and her sister Sophia who married Lord Brownlow as his first wife in 1810. In the 1923 sale catalogue the bust was listed as Sir Jeffrey Wyattville in allusion to the architect of Ashridge, but a comparison with Chantrey's drawing secures it firmly as Lord Farnborough. There is a plaster model in the Ashmolean Museum (561-49) and a marble replica of 1836 in the National Gallery (2246) presented by the sitter's grand-nephew Admiral Long of Horndean.

Physical descriptionback to top

Head and shoulders in Roman toga, turned to his left.

Provenanceback to top

Ashridge House (Earl of Brownlow) and sale there May 1923, bought by Mawers Limited and sold by them to the NPG with the help of Frank Baxter, sculptor, 1925.

Exhibitionsback to top

RA 1820 (1046).


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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