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Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex

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Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, by Alfred, Count D'Orsay, 1843 -NPG 4026(54) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex

by Alfred, Count D'Orsay
11 1/8 in. x 8 1/8 in. (283 mm x 207 mm)
NPG 4026(54)

Inscriptionback to top

Signed and dated: D'Orsay fecit/25 April/1843 and inscribed below: From the Cast taken on the 23rd/by William Behnes -/The Duke of Sussex.

This portraitback to top

The Duke died of erysipelas 21 April 1843 at Kensington Palace. A death-mask was taken by Behnes on the same day and D'Orsay's drawing made from this. A marble bust by Behnes, signed but not dated, wearing skull-cap, bow-tie, Ribbon and Star of the Garter, is at Leighton House, probably made some time before the Duke's death; Behnes, a Hanoverian by birth, was popular with the Royal Family and made busts of several of its members. The Duke's death-mask does not appear among R. J. Lane's lithographs of the D'Orsay drawings.

Provenanceback to top

See 'Drawings of Men About Town, 1832-48' by Count D'Orsay in Richard Ormond, National Portrait Gallery: Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, pp 557-60.

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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