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Unknown man, formerly known as John Russell

Unknown man, formerly known as John Russell, by Unknown artist, circa 1810-1820 -NPG 3160 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Unknown man, formerly known as John Russell

by Unknown artist
circa 1810-1820
9 5/8 in. x 8 1/8 in. (245 mm x 206 mm)
NPG 3160

Inscriptionback to top

The original sheet inscribed verso in pencil: [Romfret?] RA/Wilkins.

This portraitback to top

Previously called John Russell, the pastellist, through a misreading of the inscription (the old backing board bore a modern pencil inscription: Russell RA/Wilkins). Probably a preparatory study for an engraving.

Provenanceback to top

Mrs M. F. Warner; her sale Sotheby’s, 2 June 1943, lot 11 (part lot), bought Arthur Spencer (of the Siddons Gallery, London), from whom purchased 1943.1

1 One of eight drawings, see Chambers NPG 3159.

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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