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Sir Charles Hanbury Williams

Sir Charles Hanbury Williams, by John Giles Eccardt, circa 1746 -NPG 383 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Charles Hanbury Williams

attributed to John Giles Eccardt
circa 1746
35 7/8 in. x 28 1/8 in. (911 mm x 714 mm)
NPG 383

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed in upper left-hand corner: Sir Chas. Hanbury Williams.

This portraitback to top

Scharf wrongly attributed NPG 383 to Mengs. [1] Several portraits of this type have been recorded, some the same size, others approximately half life-size. [2] One of the smaller portraits, which belonged to Horace Walpole, [3] is known to have been painted by Eccardt in 1746; [4] hence the attribution and dating of NPG 383. Others of this type include one damaged by enemy action 1939-45, which belongs to Lady Hanbury Williams. Another was engraved by Harding in 1800 when it belonged to the Rev. Duncan Davies of Monmouth. In all the known portraits of this type except NPG 383 the paper in the sitter's hand is inscribed Isabella. or the Morning, the title of Williams' verses on the Duchess of Manchester, which appeared in 1740. 'The Ode to the Right Hon. Henry Fox', which alludes unflatteringly to the Duchess's marriage to Edward Hussey, was published in 1746.

Footnotesback to top

1) Sir George Scharf, Historical and Descriptive Catalogue of the Pictures, Busts & etc. in the National Portrait Gallery, new and enlarged edition, 1888, pp 475-76.
2) See J. Steegman, A Survey of Portraits in Welsh Houses, 1957-62, II, pp 54, 157, 158.
3) Bought by G. M. Daubeney of Cheltenham at the Strawberry Hill sale, 19 May 1842, lot 29; one of those in the Blue Bed Chamber (see under Thomas Gray, NPG 989), it has since disappeared.
4) Henry Harris to Sir C. Hanbury Williams, Chelsea College, 13 September 1746, Hanbury Williams MSS, formerly in Newport Library.

Physical descriptionback to top

Green eyes, grey brows, grey wig, pale complexion; brown coat with Bath star, white cravat and cuffs; green chair, green table top. with Bath ribbon, brown books, silver inkstand and red sealing wax; paper in sitter's hand inscribed: An Ode/To the Honble Henry Fox; dark olive green background.

Conservationback to top

A large V-shaped tear above the right hand has been restored; small retouched patch beneath the right cuff.

Provenanceback to top

Given 1873 by Mrs Charles Richard Fox, widow of the 3rd Baron Holland's eldest (natural) son; presumably by descent from Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, Williams' intimate friend.

Reproductionsback to top

A primitive engraving of NPG 383 forms the frontispiece to the second volume of Williams' Works, 1822.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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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