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Dugald Stewart

Dugald Stewart, by John Henning, 1811 -NPG 1428 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Dugald Stewart

by John Henning
6 3/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (171 mm x 140 mm)
NPG 1428

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Signed and dated top right corner: HENNING F/1811
A label written in ink by Mrs Lyell and removed from the back reads: An Original Drawing/by Henning of/Professor Dugald Stewart/1811. -/belonged to his Friend/Francis Horner M.P. (now in NPG archive).

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A version of this drawing, probably the original is on loan to the Scottish NPG (L36) formerly attributed to Archibald Skirving. This was probably done shortly after Henning's arrival in Edinburgh in 1803. In an autobiographical letter to William Mure, Henning says he arrived in London on 9 July 1811 having been engaged by the Marquess of Lansdowne 'to make copies of my Drawings of Dr Adam Fergusson and Dugald Stewart' (John Malden, John Henning, 1977, 36). He modelled from the drawing soon after his arrival in London and enamel paste versions signed and dated 1811 are in the Wedgwood Museum, the Scottish NPG and the Museum of Science and Art in Edinburgh. A copy was exhibited RA 1812 (682) in a frame containing medallions of Stewart, Miss Grace Henning, Lord Frederick Campbell, the Earl of Lauderdale, Lady Charlotte Campbell, Adam Fergusson, Walter Scott, Dr Alexander Carlyle and J. F. Erskine. A mould of the Dugald Stewart medallion was among a set of six sent to Wedgwood in October 1813 and the Stewart and Scott medallions were issued by Wedgwood in 1815 (John Malden, John Henning, 1977, 15).

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Profile to right.

Provenanceback to top

Francis Horner MP and given by his nieces Miss Joanna Horner and Mrs Katharine Lyell in March 1906 together with Henning's drawing of Thomas Campbell (NPG 1429).

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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