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James Smith Stanley, Lord Strange, by William Derby; Thomas Hudson, 1749-1847, based on a work of circa 1749 -NPG 2424 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

James Smith Stanley, Lord Strange

by William Derby, after Thomas Hudson
1749-1847, based on a work of circa 1749
8 in. x 6 1/4 in. (203 mm x 159 mm)
NPG 2424

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Inscribed in ink, top right: Died 1771 Lord Strange (properly Stanley)/son of 11th Earl of Derby/and Father of 12 Earl of Derby; and verso (now concealed), above: The Right Honble Lord Strange/Died 1771/Original at Knowsley and below: W. Derby del

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Derby made small watercolour copies for Lord Derby of all the known portraits of the Stanley family. [1] NPG 2424 is copied from Hudson’s three-quarter length portrait at Knowsley [2] showing Lord Strange in masquerade dress, holding a mask in his left hand; Derby also drew a squared-up outline of this portrait (NPG archive). [3]
The composition compares closely with Hudson’s William Bouverie, Earl of Radnor, which is dated 1749. [4] There appear to be three contemporary versions: one on the London Art market in 1986, [5] another from Sizergh Castle sold at Christie’s, 4 May 1951, lot 26, [6] and a third sold Christie’s, 20 November 1987, lot 87. A copy by James Cranke was sold Sotheby’s, 29 July 1964, lot 303, and a half-length copy was in a private collection in 1992.

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1) 'Exquisitely bound in many volumes' (AJ, IX, 1847, p 88). Twelve small water-colour copies by Derby are listed in the 1876 Knowsley cat., identified as studies for Lodge's Portraits of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain (1835 ed.).
2) Exhibited Second special exhibition of National Portraits (William and Mary to MDCCC), South Kensington, 1867 (317); Painting & Sculpture in England 1700-1750, Liverpool, 1958 (23).
3) Drawings by William Derby, p 33; an album purchased from Charles Derby, the artist’s son, 1893, containing many squared-up drawings of Stanley portraits.
4) Illus. Hudson, Kenwood, 1977, no.43.
5) The British Face, Colnaghi, 1986 (20).
6) This appears to be the version subsequently sold Bonham’s, 4 July 1968; Christie’s 2 August 1973, lot 118, and 29 September 1977, lot 126.

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Brown eyes, dark hair, wearing pink Van Dyck masquerade costume.

Provenanceback to top

Unknown, accessioned 1929.


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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