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John George Landseer

John George Landseer, by Edwin Landseer, circa 1848 -NPG 1843 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

John George Landseer

by Edwin Landseer
circa 1848
36 in. x 27 3/4 in. (914 mm x 705 mm)
NPG 1843

This portraitback to top

A small pencil drawing in the British Museum is possibly a study for this, head and shoulders only, wearing spectacles and holding a paper instead of the book (Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists … in the British Museum, III, 31); it is mounted with a portrait study of Emma his youngest daughter, later Mrs Mackenzie the donor of NPG 1843.

Physical descriptionback to top

Half-length standing slightly to left, as a venerable old man holding a book; grey coat, green and yellow flowery waistcoat, white collar and grey cravat; long grey hair touched with yellow, grey eyes, ruddy complexion.

Provenanceback to top

Family possession and bequeathed to the National Gallery by his daughter Mrs Emma Mackenzie 1895; transferred (from the Tate Gallery) to the NPG in 1919.

Exhibitionsback to top

RA, 1848 (85) as 'Sketch of my father'; 'Old Masters', RA, 1874 (241) lent by the executors of Sir Edwin Landseer; 'Landseer and his World', Sheffield, 1972 (82).

Reproductionsback to top

Mezzotint by James Scott published Graves, 1 March 1884 as a plate in Works of Sir Edwin Landseer (library edn., vol.1); the mezzotint was exhibited RA 1885 (1720).


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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