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William Vaughan

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Vaughan

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
1811
24 in. (610 mm) high
NPG 4934

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Incised in front: GULIELMUS VAUGHAN, on the back: F.L.CHANTREY. Sculpt/1811 and on the side edges: NAVALIUM LONDINIENSIUM AUCTOR UNDE SIMILIA PROPE METROPOLIN OPERA AUT INITIUM CEPERE/AUT INCREMENTUM MDCCXCIV MUSEO LEGA-VIT DANIEL ALEXANDER AB INITIO ARCHITECTUS (corner chipped).

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The bust was commissioned by Vaughan's friend and business associate Daniel Alexander, the architect of the London Docks. Sir Francis Chantrey’s Ledgers of Accounts (p 1) record an order for two busts for Daniel Alexander and William Vaughan himself in 1813 and completed in 1816 for 100 guineas each. The first of these, with payment deferred to 1814 may refer to NPG 4934; the second was offered to Christie's in 1975, to the NPG in 1976 and re-appeared at Sotheby's 13 July 1978 (252) and 23 March 1979 (106), head and shoulders in toga and incised: Chantrey sculptor 1815. A plaster cast in the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, was presented by an heir of John Vaughan in 1842.

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Daniel Alexander and no further provenance until bought from Cyril Humphris in 1973.

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Lithograph by R. J. Lane 1839 'Drawn by the Revd Daniel Alexander M.A ... From a Bust by Sir Francis Chantrey - 1811 in the possession of Daniel Alexander Esq' illustrating Vaughan's Tracts on Docks and Commerce, 1839.


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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