Victorian and Edwardian portraits



A selection of portraits from 1837 to 1901, many of which are on display at the Gallery or at Bodelwyddan Castle, our regional partner in North Wales.


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The Novello Family, by Edward Petre Novello, circa 1830 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Novello Family
by Edward Petre Novello
circa 1830
NPG 5686

The Bronte Sisters (Anne Bronte; Emily Bronte; Charlotte Bronte), by Patrick Branwell Bronte, circa 1834 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Bronte Sisters (Anne Bronte; Emily Bronte; Charlotte Bronte)
by Patrick Branwell Bronte
circa 1834
NPG 1725

Queen Victoria, replica by Sir George Hayter, 1863 (1838) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Victoria
replica by Sir George Hayter
1863 (1838)
NPG 1250

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

Michael Faraday
by Thomas Phillips
1841-1842
NPG 269

The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840, by Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1841 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840
by Benjamin Robert Haydon
1841
NPG 599

William Wordsworth, by Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1842 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Wordsworth
by Benjamin Robert Haydon
1842
NPG 1857

Jenny Lind, replica by Eduard Magnus, circa 1861 (1846) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Jenny Lind
replica by Eduard Magnus
circa 1861 (1846)
NPG 3801

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

Lewis Carroll, by Unknown photographer, circa 1856-1860 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Lewis Carroll
by Unknown photographer
circa 1856-1860
NPG P237

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, by Robert Howlett, November 1857 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Isambard Kingdom Brunel
by Robert Howlett
November 1857
NPG P112

Isabella Mary Beeton (nee Mayson), by Maull & Polyblank, 1857 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Isabella Mary Beeton (nee Mayson)
by Maull & Polyblank
1857
NPG P3

Lewis Carroll, by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), circa 1857 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Lewis Carroll
by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)
circa 1857
NPG P7(26)

Charles Dickens, by (George) Herbert Watkins, 29 April 1858 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Charles Dickens
by (George) Herbert Watkins
29 April 1858
NPG P301(20)

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, replica by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1867 (1859) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
replica by Franz Xaver Winterhalter
1867 (1859)
NPG 237

The Relief of Lucknow, 1857, by Thomas Jones Barker, 1859 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Relief of Lucknow, 1857
by Thomas Jones Barker
1859
NPG 5851

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), 7 October 1863 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)
7 October 1863
NPG P29

Ellen Terry (

Ellen Terry ('Choosing')
by George Frederic Watts
circa 1864
NPG 5048

Thomas Carlyle, by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1867 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Carlyle
by Julia Margaret Cameron
1867
NPG P122

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 P213

William Ewart Gladstone, by Carlo Pellegrini, published in Vanity Fair 6 February 1869 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Ewart Gladstone
by Carlo Pellegrini
published in Vanity Fair 6 February 1869
NPG 1978

Abdul Aziz, by James Jacques Tissot, published in Vanity Fair 30 October 1869 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Abdul Aziz
by James Jacques Tissot
published in Vanity Fair 30 October 1869
NPG 4707(1)

Frederick Burnaby, by James Jacques Tissot, 1870 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Frederick Burnaby
by James Jacques Tissot
1870
NPG 2642

William Ewart Gladstone, by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt, 1879 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Ewart Gladstone
by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
1879
NPG 3637

Louise Jane Jopling (nee Goode, later Rowe), by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt, 1879 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Louise Jane Jopling (nee Goode, later Rowe)
by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
1879
NPG 6612

Charles Darwin, copy by John Collier, 1883 (1881) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Charles Darwin
copy by John Collier
1883 (1881)
NPG 1024

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt, 1881 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield
by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
1881
NPG 3241

Oscar Wilde, by Napoleon Sarony, 1882 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Oscar Wilde
by Napoleon Sarony
1882
NPG P24

Oscar Wilde, by Napoleon Sarony, 1882 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Oscar Wilde
by Napoleon Sarony
1882
NPG P25

Oscar Wilde, by Carlo Pellegrini, published in Vanity Fair 24 May 1884 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Oscar Wilde
by Carlo Pellegrini
published in Vanity Fair 24 May 1884
NPG 3653

Dinner at Haddo House, 1884, by Alfred Edward Emslie, 1884 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Dinner at Haddo House, 1884
by Alfred Edward Emslie
1884
NPG 3845

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, by Unknown photographer, Summer 1885 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

James Abbott McNeill Whistler
by Unknown photographer
Summer 1885
NPG P356

Emilie Charlotte (

Emilie Charlotte ('Lillie') Langtry (nee Le Breton)
by Henry Van der Weyde
April 1885
NPG P863

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Sir William Blake Richmond, 1887 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Louis Stevenson
by Sir William Blake Richmond
1887
NPG 1028

The Lobby of the House of Commons, 1886, by Liborio (

The Lobby of the House of Commons, 1886
by Liborio ('Lib') Prosperi
published in Vanity Fair Christmas Supplement 1886
NPG 5256

Emilia Francis (nee Strong), Lady Dilke, by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, 1887 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Emilia Francis (nee Strong), Lady Dilke
by Sir Hubert von Herkomer
1887
NPG 5288

Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum, by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, and  Frederick Goodall, 1890 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum
by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, and Frederick Goodall
1890
NPG 1782

Thomas Hardy, by William Strang, 1893 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Hardy
by William Strang
1893
NPG 2929

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, by Frederick Henry Evans, circa 1894 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley
by Frederick Henry Evans
circa 1894
NPG P114

Hafiz Abdul Karim; Queen Victoria, by Hills & Saunders, July 1893 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Hafiz Abdul Karim; Queen Victoria
by Hills & Saunders
July 1893
NPG P51

Gertrude Elizabeth (nee Blood), Lady Colin Campbell, by Giovanni Boldini, circa 1897 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Gertrude Elizabeth (nee Blood), Lady Colin Campbell
by Giovanni Boldini
circa 1897
NPG 1630

George Frederic Watts, by Louis Reid Deuchars, after a photograph by  George Andrews, 1899 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Frederic Watts
by Louis Reid Deuchars, after a photograph by George Andrews
1899
NPG 5223

Queen Victoria, by Bertha Muller, after  Heinrich von Angeli, 1900 (1899) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Victoria
by Bertha Muller, after Heinrich von Angeli
1900 (1899)
NPG 1252

Rudyard Kipling, by Sir Philip Burne-Jones, 2nd Bt, 1899 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Rudyard Kipling
by Sir Philip Burne-Jones, 2nd Bt
1899
NPG 1863

Augustus John, by Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen, exhibited 1900 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Augustus John
by Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen
exhibited 1900
NPG 4252

Virginia Woolf (nee Stephen), by George Charles Beresford, July 1902 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Virginia Woolf (nee Stephen)
by George Charles Beresford
July 1902
NPG P221

Sir Frank Swettenham, by John Singer Sargent, 1904 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Frank Swettenham
by John Singer Sargent
1904
NPG 4837

Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, by Sir Leslie Ward, published in Vanity Fair 14 July 1904 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith
by Sir Leslie Ward
published in Vanity Fair 14 July 1904
NPG 4945

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by John Singer Sargent, 1908 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour
by John Singer Sargent
1908
NPG 6620

Joseph Edward Southall; Anna Elizabeth Southall, by Joseph Edward Southall, 1911 - NPG  - © estate of Joseph Edward Southall; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London

Joseph Edward Southall; Anna Elizabeth Southall
by Joseph Edward Southall
1911
NPG L215

Henry James, by John Singer Sargent, 1913 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry James
by John Singer Sargent
1913
NPG 1767

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