Sir John Moore
17 of 689 portraits by Sir Thomas Lawrence
- Extended catalogue entry
Regency Portraits Catalogue
Sir John Moore
by Sir Thomas Lawrence
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
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There is no documentary evidence for this portrait which Garlick (Kenneth Garlick, ‘Catalogue of Paintings, Drawings and Pastels of Sir Thomas Lawrence’ in Walpole Society Journal, XXXIX, 1964, p 145) dates stylistically to 1800-4, before he received the KB 26 September 1804. In the NPG portrait he wears major-general's uniform (the buttons arranged in pairs); in a variant painted by Lawrence for General Brownrigg in January 1808 and now in the National Army Museum the Star of KB has been added and the uniform altered to a lieutenant-general's (buttons arranged in threes; he was promoted 30 October 1805); Brownrigg's picture was engraved in mezzotint by Charles Turner, published by R. Cribb 14 April 1809 (Alfred Whitman, Charles Turner, 1907, 383) and later issues; studio copies are in the Gordon Highlanders Regimental Museum, at Meiklour (Lord Lansdowne), and in several private collections. Lawrence's letter to General Brownrigg asking for the loan of 'the Portrait I painted for you' so that the mezzotint could be made 'under my own Inspection' is in Beatrice Lady Brownrigg, Life and Letters of Sir John Moore, 1923, p 280.
Copies of NPG 1128 are by Harriet Moore (1841) at Grace Dieu; by Malcolm Stewart (1902) in Glasgow Art Gallery; and extended to whole-length with sabre by Robinson (1838) in Crown Estate Commissioners' collection, Pall Mall (formerly United Service Club); the sabre given him by the Grand Vizier after Aboukir Bay is incised with a verse from the Koran.
A drawing at Shorncliffe of doubtful authenticity and shakily attributed to Lawrence is reproduced Carola Oman, Sir John Moore, 1953, p 304 and Roger Parkinson, Moore of Corunna, 1976, p 36.
Physical descriptionback to top
Half-length in uniform of major-general without Orders, grey powdered hair, light brown eyes, sunburnt complexion, faintly smiling expression; plain brown background.
Provenanceback to top
Brook Farm, Cobham, then family descent and given (together with the portrait of his brother Sir Graham Moore, NPG 1129) by his great-niece, Miss Mary Carrick Moore, in accordance with her father's wishes, 1898.
Exhibitionsback to top
Third Exhibition of National Portraits, South Kensington, 1868 (77) lent by Lady Moore; 'Scottish National Portraits', Edinburgh, 1884 (255).
Reproductionsback to top
Stipple vignette published Joseph Johnson, 1 July 1809; stipple by Freeman in Chambers, Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen, 1855, IV.
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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