A ‘Royal’ Barometer by John Russell, Watch Maker to His Royal Highness the Prince Regent 

These ‘Royal’ barometers were so named because Russell gave one each to the Prince of Wales & George III. They have always been  highly sought after and this is reflected by their inclusion in some of the most significant collections. To name but three; The National Gallery of Scotland, Buckingham Palace and The Victoria & Albert Museum all have examples. 

Russell made a number of these barometers, with little variation between them,  so it is  difficult  to  be  precise  in  dating  them. We do know that his title changed from Watchmaker to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to Watchmaker to the Prince Regent in 1811. This barometer is marked with his latter title. 



Provenance: Private Collection, London, UK.
Circa: 1811-1817 
Origination: Scottish
Height: 47½” 121cm 
Width: 13" 33cm