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James Price

10 of 102 portraits by John Russell

James Price, by John Russell, circa 1782 -NPG 1942 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

James Price

by John Russell
circa 1782
23 1/2 in. x 17 1/2 in. (597 mm x 445 mm) oval
NPG 1942

This portraitback to top

The only known portrait of Price, whose identity rests on the testimony of previous owners; Russell was born in Guildford, where Price conducted his first experiments.

Referenceback to top

Williamson 1894
G. C. WIlliamson, John Russell, p 148.

Physical descriptionback to top

Brown eyes, powdered hair with a black ribbon, wearing a light brown coat.

Provenanceback to top

Rev J. Penfold of Croydon,1 by whom presented to the Guildford Institute, Borough Hall, Guildford, 1850;2 purchased from the Guildford Institute 1922.

1 Russell painted a pastel of a Mrs Penfold, c.1780 (G. C. Williamson, John Russell, 1894, p 158) who may, or may not, have been related.
2 T. Whitburn, List of Pictures belonging to Guildford, 1888, p 44.

Exhibitionsback to top

Surrey Art Loan Exhibition, Guildford, 1884;1 Russell, Imperial Institute, South Kensington, 1894 (35).

1 As recorded by T. Whitburn, letter in the Surrey Times, 2 February 1902.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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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