Selected archive documents relating to Victorian portraits



Michael Faraday, by Thomas Phillips, 1841-1842 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Michael Faraday
by Thomas Phillips
1841-1842
NPG 269

John Britton, by John Wood, 1845 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Britton
by John Wood
1845
NPG 667

Benjamin Robert Haydon, by Benjamin Robert Haydon, circa 1845 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Benjamin Robert Haydon
by Benjamin Robert Haydon
circa 1845
NPG 268

The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846, by John Partridge, circa 1846-1853 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846
by John Partridge
circa 1846-1853
NPG 342

George Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, by John Partridge, circa 1847 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen
by John Partridge
circa 1847
NPG 750

Frederick Sandys, by Anthony Sands, 1848 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Frederick Sandys
by Anthony Sands
1848
NPG 1741

Wilkie Collins, by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt, 1850 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Wilkie Collins
by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
1850
NPG 967

  • Letter from Millais to Sir George Scharf, dated 2 September 1894, confirming that he painted both the portrait of Carlyle and that of Wilkie Collins recently offered to the National Portrait Gallery.

Mary Russell Mitford, by John Lucas, after  Benjamin Robert Haydon, circa 1853 (1824) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Russell Mitford
by John Lucas, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
circa 1853 (1824)
NPG 404

Alexander Stewart, by Stephen Pearce, exhibited 1854 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Alexander Stewart
by Stephen Pearce
exhibited 1854
NPG 1220

George Cruikshank, by William Behnes, circa 1855 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Cruikshank
by William Behnes
circa 1855
NPG 1300

  • Handwritten memo, dated 26 October 1923, stating that one of the floor polishers had slipped and knocked the head off the bust.

Robert Browning, by Michele Gordigiani, 1858 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Browning
by Michele Gordigiani
1858
NPG 1898

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, by Field Talfourd, 1859 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
by Field Talfourd
1859
NPG 322

William Ewart Gladstone, by George Frederic Watts, 1859 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Ewart Gladstone
by George Frederic Watts
1859
NPG 1126

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, by George Frederic Watts, 1862 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury
by George Frederic Watts
1862
NPG 1012

George Frederic Watts, by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1864 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Frederic Watts
by Julia Margaret Cameron
1864
NPG P215

George Frederic Watts, by Julia Margaret Cameron, circa 1865-1869 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Frederic Watts
by Julia Margaret Cameron
circa 1865-1869
NPG P125

Edwin Landseer, by John Ballantyne, circa 1865 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Edwin Landseer
by John Ballantyne
circa 1865
NPG 835

John Stuart Mill, by John & Charles Watkins, or by  John Watkins, 1865 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Stuart Mill
by John & Charles Watkins, or by John Watkins
1865
NPG P46

Robert Browning, by George Frederic Watts, 1866 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Browning
by George Frederic Watts
1866
NPG 1001

Thomas Carlyle, by George Frederic Watts, 1868 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Carlyle
by George Frederic Watts
1868
NPG 1002

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1869 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson
by Julia Margaret Cameron
1869
NPG P9

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt, by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1867 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt
by Julia Margaret Cameron
1867
NPG P201

Richard Cobden, by Lowes Cato Dickinson, 1870 (1861) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Cobden
by Lowes Cato Dickinson
1870 (1861)
NPG 316

James Martineau, replica by George Frederic Watts, 1873 (1873) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

James Martineau
replica by George Frederic Watts
1873 (1873)
NPG 1251

  • Letter from Alfred Tennyson to Watts, dated 27 December 1872, telling the artist that he and other friends of James Martineau desire that Martineau should be painted by the artist.

John Stuart Mill, replica by George Frederic Watts, 1873 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Stuart Mill
replica by George Frederic Watts
1873
NPG 1009

Sir Henry Taylor, by George Frederic Watts, circa 1868-1870 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Henry Taylor
by George Frederic Watts
circa 1868-1870
NPG 1014

Thomas Carlyle, by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt, 1877 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Carlyle
by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
1877
NPG 968

Matthew Arnold, by George Frederic Watts, 1880 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Matthew Arnold
by George Frederic Watts
1880
NPG 1000

Joe Chamberlain, by Harry Furniss, 1880s-1900s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Joe Chamberlain
by Harry Furniss
1880s-1900s
NPG 3348

Frank Burnand, by Harry Furniss, 1880s-1900s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Frank Burnand
by Harry Furniss
1880s-1900s
NPG 3429

Henry Edward Manning, by George Frederic Watts, 1882 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Edward Manning
by George Frederic Watts
1882
NPG 1008

Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt, 1882 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
1882
NPG 867

Walter Crane, by George Frederic Watts, 1891 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Walter Crane
by George Frederic Watts
1891
NPG 1750

Cecil John Rhodes, by George Frederic Watts, 1898 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Cecil John Rhodes
by George Frederic Watts
1898
NPG 1407

Algernon Charles Swinburne, by Sir Robert Ponsonby Staples, Bt, 1900 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Algernon Charles Swinburne
by Sir Robert Ponsonby Staples, Bt
1900
NPG 2217