Henry William Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey (1768-1854) Field Marshal, politician and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland

  • About the work

    Henry William Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey (1768-1854), who was in his 80s when this portrait was painted, was the uncle of the artist Henry Richard Graves. There are several portraits by Graves depicting the Marquess, all made in the early 1850s. They include a watercolour at Dunbrody Park; a watercolour and a pencil drawing at Plas Newydd (the country seat of the Marquess of Anglesey); an oil painting, painted for the Household Calvalry Regiment, with the Blues and Royals; and a further oil painting at Huntington Town Hall.

    The National Portrait Gallery’s catalogue of 'Regency Portraits' (published 1985) describes this portrait as a copy of the oil painting ‘formerly at Hinchingbrooke [House, near Huntingdon, in Cambridgeshire,] and now in Huntingdon Town Hall’.

  • About the artist
    Henry Richard Graves, portrait painter, was the son of Thomas North, 2nd Baron Graves and his wife Lady Mary Paget, sister of the First Marquess of Anglesey. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1846 and 1881, and established a successful high society portrait practice. His aristocratic clients included Lady Dorothy Nevill, General Sir George Brown GCB, Sir Henry Keppel RN, Lord and Lady Lennox, the Marchioness of Bristol, the Duke of Richmond and Countess Beauchamp. He painted by command many members of the Royal Family, including Princess Louise and Princess Beatrice.
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  • Details
    Title
    Henry William Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey (1768-1854) Field Marshal, politician and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
    Date
    c.1853
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 244.00 cm, width: 150.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Christie's, 28 April 1950
    Provenance
    Collection of Almeric Hugh Paget, 1st Baron Queenborough (1861-1949) of Campfield Place, Hatfield; by whose executors sold through Christie’s, London, on 28 April 1950 (Lot 48), as by ‘Unknown’, bought in; purchased from Christie’s by the Ministry of Works in April or May 1950
    GAC number
    1139