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Charles Catton the elder RA, 1728–1798
ca. 1769
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
35 3/4 x 27 3/4 inches (90.8 x 70.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
animal painter | artist | costume | lions | paintbrush | painting (visual work) | palette | portrait | self-portrait
Associated People:
Cotton, Charles, painter
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

The portrait and animal painter Charles Catton was born in Norwich, one of thirty-five children. He achieved success in London mainly as a painter of coaches. He was eventually appointed coach-painter to King George III and was credited with being "the first herald-painter who ventured to correct the bad manner of painting the supporters of coats of arms." However, he also exhibited oil paintings and watercolors at the Society of Artists and, later, from 1769, as a foundation member of the Royal Academy. Catton's unusually fine self-portrait incorporates as a prop one of his paintings of a lion and lioness, dwelling with some modesty on the messy tacking margin of the unframed canvas.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2005

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 48-49, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Paul Mellon's Legacy : a passion for British art [large print labels], , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v.3, N5220 M552 P381 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Realism and romance in English painting : Illustrated catalogue price two shillings and sixpence : November 14-December 10, 1966, Thos. Agnew & Sons, Ltd., Thos. Agnew & Sons, London, 1966, lot 2, DealerCat Thos. Agnew (YCBA) [YCBA]

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