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Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Edwin Landseer, 1824? -NPG 2811 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Edwin Landseer
1824?
6 3/4 in. x 5 1/4 in. (171 mm x 133 mm)
NPG 2811

Inscriptionback to top

Two heads signed twice with monogram EL.

This portraitback to top

One of these drawings, in quarter profile to left, is possibly a study for the head in NPG 391; of the other, profile to left, a variant is in the Athenaeum Club and another version, now in Sir David Scott's collection, was engraved by W. Mayor in 1832 (Graves, p 14, no.163). Other Landseer drawings of Scott are in Scottish NPG (no.140 with Lady Scott, and no.1810 wearing a flat cap), Christie's 15 July 1958 (236) in a lot with 10 other drawings bought by Matthews, and Sotheby's 18 December 1980 (19). There is no indication in any of these of the date they were drawn by Landseer.
A pen and ink drawing formerly called Scott and attributed to Landseer is now classified as 'Unknown Man', see NPG 1650.

Provenanceback to top

Thomas Oldham Barlow RA and his sale Christie's 21 March 1890 (131) bought M. H. Spielmann and bought from him 1936.


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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