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Engravings From The Works Of Sir Francis Chantrey, R.A. Born 1782. Died 1841.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



[S.l.:: s.n.,, after 1841.]

Physical Description

[2] p., [21] pl.; 675 mm.


[T.p.] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Most plates carry signatures of the source artist, F. Chantrey, the draughtsmen H. Corbould, S. Cousins or T. Sharp, and the engravers, Jas. Thomson, Samuel Cousins, F.C. Lewis, Charles Turner, J. Burnet, S.W. Reynolds or I.T. Wedgwood. Plate [3] is simply signed 'Freebairn', and is presumably engraved by him. Plates [6] and [7] are signed as lithographed by Massimo Gauci with their captions scripted by J. Netherclift.

Plates [1] and [6] carry the imprint of Colnaghi and Son (plate [6] with the name of C. Hullmandel as the lithographic printer); plates [5] and [7] that of F. Moser; plate [11] that of Henry Fisher, Caxton; plate [12] that of Turner; plate [17] that of W. Sams.


A. Yarrington et al., 'An edition of the ledger of Sir Francis Chantrey R.A. at the Royal Academy, 1809-1841', in Walpole Society, 56 (1991-2); M. Whinney, rev. J. Physick, Sculpture in Britain 1530 to 1830 (1988); A. Potts, Sir Francis Chantrey 1781-1841 [exhibition catalogue] (1981); C. Binfield, ed., Sir Francis Chantrey, sculptor to an age, 1781-1841 (1981); G. Jones, Sir Francis Chantrey (1849).

Summary Note

No date of publication is given. Some plates carry publication-dates, ranging from 1820 [pl. 6, 7] through 1821 [pl. 11], 1825 [pl. 17], 1827 [pl.1, 18] to 1832 [pl. 12]. Several plates are pasted in, and this set of plates may be an ad hoc collection with a title-page made specially for it.

The plates show portrait statues or busts sculpted by Sir Francis Chantrey, and one drawing and one design by him. All but one are captioned, and show: [1] Francis Chantrey; [2] Sir John Malcolm; [3] Cyril Jackson; [4] Sir Joseph Banks; [5] Dr. Anderson; [6] Benjamin West; [7] George III; [8] Sir Edward Hyde East; [9] George Canning; [10] William Pitt; [11] John Rennie; [12] Sir John Soane; [13] Earl St. Vincent [drawing]; [14] Arthur Henry Hallam; [15] Sir Stamford Raffles; [16] [uncaptioned: reclining female]; [17] George IV; [18] Granville Sharp; [19] Robert Blair; [20] John Rennie; [21] Lord Eldon [design for a monument].

Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey took the place of Joseph Nollekens as the most sought-after portrait sculptor in Britain. He was elected a full Member of the Royal Academy in 1818.

On his death Chantrey left a bequest to be administered by the Royal Academy to buy 'works of fine art of the highest merit executed within the shores of Great Britain'. Most of these are now kept at the Tate Britain gallery, London.


Presented by Lady Chantrey in 1842 (acknowledged RA Council Minutes, IX, 246).

Binding Note

19th-century half brown morocco, marbled-papered boards; spine lettered 'Drawings From The Works Of Sir F. Chantrey - 1782 - 1814' and 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


Celebrities - Great Britain - 19th century
Portraits - Sculpture - Statues - Busts - Drawings - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century


Sir Francis Chantrey RA, source artist
Henry Corbould, draughtsman
Samuel Cousins RA, draughtsman, engraver
T. Sharp, draughtsman
James Thomson, engraver
Frederick Christian Lewis Snr., engraver
Charles Turner ARA, engraver
John Burnet, engraver
Samuel William Reynolds, engraver
John Taylor Wedgwood, engraver
Alfred Robert Freebairn, engraver
Massimo Gauci, lithographer
Joseph Netherclift, script engraver
Charles Joseph Hullmandel, lithographic printer
Lady Mary Anne Chantrey, previous owner, donor