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Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, 1781–1841
Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh
Former Title(s):

Viscount Castlereagh

Bust of the Marquis of Londonderry [1821, Royal Academy of Arts, London, exhibition catalogue]
Materials & Techniques:
Overall: 30 x 22 x 8 1/4 inches (76.2 x 55.9 x 21 cm)

Inscribed on the reverse: "CHANTREY. SC. 1821."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
cloak | man | portrait
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

The Anglo-Irish Tory statesman Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (1769-1822), was better known during his political career by the subsidiary or courtesy title of Viscount Castlereagh. Unlike the marquessate he inherited from his father in 1821, this courtesy title did not disqualify him from sitting in the House of Commons. He was a senior minister in successive governments throughout the period of the Napoleonic Wars, first as secretary of war from 1807 to 1809 and then as foreign secretary in the administration of Lord Liverpool from 1812 to 1822, when he committed suicide. It was Castlereagh who selected the remote mid-Atlantic island colony of St. Helena as a place of banishment for the captive Emperor Napoleon.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2005

Sotheby's sale catalogue : Catalogue of Works of art; important violins; Oriental and French carpets; tapestries; important French clocks; fine French furniture : 16 November 1962, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London, November 16, 1962, pp. 15, 16, lots. 29 and 30, fig. 30, Film B12 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Angus Trumble, The Marble Bust, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2004, no. 2, V 1304 (YCBA) [YCBA]

R. J. B. Walker, Regency portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, 1985, p. 321 (vol. 1), N1090 A592 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ellis Waterhouse, Sculpture from the Paul Mellon Collection at the British Art Center at Yale, Burlington Magazine, vol. 119, May 1977, p. 352, N1 +B87 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

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