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Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey, Charles Long, 1st Baron Farnborough

Key facts
Full title Charles Long, 1st Baron Farnborough
Artist Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey
Artist dates 1781 - 1841
Date made 1834
Medium and support White Carrara marble
Dimensions 74 × 47 × 24 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit Presented by Mrs Samuel Long, 1911
Inventory number NG2786
Location Main Vestibule
Collection Main Collection
Charles Long, 1st Baron Farnborough
Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey

Dated 1836, this is a replica of the marble bust of Charles Long, 1st Baron Farnborough (1760–1838), commissioned in 1819 by the sitter’s father-in-law, Sir Abraham Hume. The original was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1820 and is now in the National Portrait Gallery, London. Who commissioned Chantrey to produce this replica and why remains a mystery, but it was paid for in 1842 by one of Lord Farnborough’s nephews, by which point both Chantrey and Farnborough had died.

Charles Long was a Tory politician and a promoter and patron of the arts, active on the ‘Committee of Taste’ and a founding governor of the British Institution and a Trustee of both the British Museum and the National Gallery. He was made Paymaster General and created baron on his retirement in 1826. A notable connoisseur and collector himself, he was also art adviser to George IV and known as ‘the spectacles of the King’.

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