1 of 3 portraits of Robert Fellowes
- Extended catalogue entry
Regency Portraits Catalogue
by Henry Edridge
2 3/8 in. x 1 7/8 in. (60 mm x 48 mm) oval
Inscriptionback to top
Gold frame incised round a plaited lock of hair: ROBERT FELLOWES BORN 15 MAY 1770.
This portraitback to top
The subject's age appears to be about 30 which accords with Edridge's style in 1800. The only comparable portrait is an anonymous stipple engraving 'The Rev. Robert Fellowes' showing him aged about 50 (example in NPG). A portrait by John Wood was exhibited RA 1825 (3). A copper bas-relief by John Henning 1840 is in Paisley Art Gallery. The Dictionary of National Biography gives his date of birth as 1771 but Burke's Landed Gentry, 1965 concurs with the 15 May 1770 incised on the back of the frame.
Physical descriptionback to top
Head and shoulders to left aged 30 or younger, in vivid blue coat, white waistcoat, white collar and neckcloth; grey powdered hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion with greenish-blue shading; plain drab background.
Provenanceback to top
Alan Evans bequest to the National Gallery 1974 and placed on permanent loan to the NPG 1975.
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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