The papers of John Partridge consist of a sitters book; three notebooks listing pictures and a folder of correspondence to, and in some cases from, his executors Sir John Clark and James A. Douglas concerning the dispersal of the Partridge's pictures following his death.
The sitters book contains lists of portraits painted from 1827 to 1865, giving the name of the sitter or subject of the portrait, the price paid and the size of the portrait. Additional information can be found at the back of the volume in a list of yearly figures for portraits painted and income received from 1827 to 1861; a list of 'Copies and fancy pictures sold from 1823'; and a list of portraits painted at Rome.
The three notebooks contain lists of pictures in Partridge's house and gallery. The first notebook contains the following lists: 'Pictures in my House & Gallery in 1863', 'Copies and Studies from Old Masters made by John Partridge in France and Italy from 1823 to 1827', 'Original Pictures by J. Partridge' and 'Family Portraits'; the second notebook contains a 'List of pictures in my possession 1863 - originals by Old Masters' and 'Copies of Studies from the works of Old Masters'; and the third volume contains the list '1870 Pictures in my Gallery - originals by Early Masters', 'Copies and Studies from Old Masters made by John Partiridge in France and Italy from 1823 to 1827', 'Original Portraits and Groups and Fancy Pictures and Sketches by John Partridge', the back of the volume contains an incomplete list of wholelength portraits.
The correspondence is mainly to either Sir John Clark or James A. Douglas, with several letters to James A. Douglas being from Sir John Clark. There are 38 letters in total. Other correspondents include the 1st Marquess of Aberdeen; Marianne Arnett; Cowper; Allen H. Gordon; Arthur Hudd; Holland; C Howard; Julia Lennard; A. D. Ryder; George Scharf (with letter from Sir John Clark to James A. Douglas written on the reverse of one letter and a draft written by Sir John Clark on the reverse of another); Temple; J. Woolner and Winnifred Wyte.