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Plenipotentiaries of Britain, Holland, Prussia and Russia signing the Treaty of 1791

1 of 4 portraits of Charles Whitworth, 1st Earl Whitworth

Plenipotentiaries of Britain, Holland, Prussia and Russia signing the Treaty of 1791, by Edward Dayes, 1791 -NPG 6263 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Regency Portraits Catalogue

Plenipotentiaries of Britain, Holland, Prussia and Russia signing the Treaty of 1791

by Edward Dayes
5 7/8 in. x 8 in. (149 mm x 203 mm) oval
NPG 6263

Inscriptionback to top

A paper stuck to the back of the frame is inscribed: Copy of Inscription on the paper at the back of the Drawing by Dayes./Watercolour by Dayes to be engraved for Ashburton's History of England published 1791 by J. Stratford 112 Holborn Hill. Subject - Plenipotentiaries of Great Britain, Prussia, Holland & Russia signing the preliminaries of Peace at Saint Petersbourg between the Empress & the Porte - August 1st 1791/Has been engraved by Warren. Presented to the owner H. C. Eyres by the Grand-daughter of the Publisher 1892.

This portraitback to top

The colour is suffused with the cold blue-grey wash characteristic of Dayes's work, but there is no record of his having been to St Petersburg and the drawing is probably made up, perhaps from notes brought back by one of the British envoys. Among the allied plenipotentiaries at the signing of the preliminaries were Colonel Charles Whitworth and his colleague William Fawkener, Count Goltze (Prussia) and Count Osterman (Russia), but the figures are elegant puppets and can in no way be considered as portraits.

Referenceback to top

Ashburton 1791-4
Charles Alfred Ashburton, A New and Complete History of England, 4 vols., 1791-4.

Not mentioned in The Works of the Late Edward Dayes, 1805.

Physical descriptionback to top

Four men at a table with quills, paper, inkwell, faded green table-cloth, wall panels painted blue, carpet patterned grey and blue; picture on wall of a kneeling saint.

Provenanceback to top

J. Stratford (publisher), his granddaughter and given by her to H. C. Eyres; acquired by Alan Evans and part of his bequest to the National Gallery 1975.

Reproductionsback to top

By Charles Warren for Ashburton's History of England, p 938.

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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