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John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon: P.14987-R

Object information

Current Location: In storage


John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon


Printmaker: Doo, George Thomas
Publisher: Colnaghi
Painter: Lawrence, Thomas (After)




After the painting (on panel) by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1826; exh. R.A. 1828, no. 463; Royal Collection Trust, Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle, RCIN 400553. One of the portraits of leaders of the wartime coalition against Napoleon commissioned of Lawrence by George IV). Lawrence's portrait of John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon (1751-1838), a lawyer and Tory politician was painted between 1824 and 1826 when the sitter was an old man in his 70s. Half-length, seated, facing front,right arm resting on the arm of a chair. He wears a double-breasted coat buttoned at the left, with waistcoat visible and cravat at the neck. His white hair is worn short.


History note: One of 'eight proof engravings' given in 1827/8. (See, Donor index)

Legal notes

Given by Dominic Colnaghi, 1827 or 1828

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1827) by Colnaghi, Dominic


19th Century
1827 - 1828-05 1828


Etching and engraving on chine collé, printed in black ink. Scratched letter proof before title with later engraved publication line. Scratched letters below the image to the left and right: 'Painted by Sir Tho.s Laurence [sic] P.R.A. &c &c &c' ... 'Eng.d by Geo T Doo Eng.r to H.R.H. the late Duke of York'. The date scratched below to the right: '1827'. Publication line engraved in roman letters just above the platemark: 'Published, May 1828 by Colnaghi Son & Co Pall Mall East, London'. Inscribed in graphite on the sheet at lower centre: 'Presented by Dominick Colnaghi Esq / 14 Pall Mall East'. Inscribed in graphite on the verso: '3' [encircled]. The British Museum has an impression of a later state of the plate after the title was added: 1841,0809.135.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14987-R
Primary reference Number: 240034
O'Donoghue: 7
Nagler (K√ľnstler-Lexicon): 3 (p.449)
Garlick (Lawrence): 267(c)
Chaloner Smith: undescribed
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Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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