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John Liston

John Liston, by Augustin Edouart, based on a work of 1826 -NPG 3098 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

John Liston

after Augustin Edouart
based on a work of 1826
10 3/4 in. x 7 1/4 in. (273 mm x 184 mm)
NPG 3098

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed in faded brown ink: Mr Liston in his own Character

This portraitback to top

The drawing is a copy (or perhaps the original) with slight variations of a cut-out silhouette by Edouart dated September 1826 in the NPG Reference Collection (see Desmond Coke, The Art of the Silhouette, 1913, pp 108, 122 and plate XIX). Edouart at this date was working in Bath and Cheltenham and Liston at the height of his career as 'Paul Pry' at the Haymarket Theatre.

Physical descriptionback to top

Whole-length standing in profile to left, top-hat, frock-coat, taking snuff.

Provenanceback to top

Bought from Jack Isaacs, Bristol University, 1941.

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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