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Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (Lord Castlereagh)

Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (Lord Castlereagh), by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, 1822 -NPG 687 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (Lord Castlereagh)

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
31 in. (787 mm) high
NPG 687

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Sir Francis Chantrey’s Ledgers of Accounts, p 125 records: '1820 Recd an order from Lord Viscount Castlereagh to make his Bust price 150 guineas/1822 to executing ditto £157.10.0’. The plaster model is in the Ashmolean Museum (536/24), probably that exhibited RA 1821 (1132). A marble bust dated 1821 was at Sotheby's 16 November 1962 (30), now Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven; marbles dated 1822 are at Windsor, 1827 at Haddo House (Major David Gordon) and undated copies at Wynyard Park, Stratfieldsaye, Travellers' Club and NPG. The type was engraved by Thomson for The Lady's Magazine, 1 October 1822. A plaster variant (identity doubtful) is at Cirencester Park.

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Mrs Arbuthnot; General G. C. J. Arbuthnot of Woodford House; Arbuthnot sale Christie's 24 May 1883 (160) bought Lord Londonderry but ceded by him 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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