Search the Collection

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin (1824-1907), Mathematician, physicist and inventor

Sitter in 29 portraits
Professor of Natural Philosophy, Glasgow, for over fifty years and a dominant figure in nineteenth-century physics; famous for many researches, notably in electro- and thermodynamics; introduced absolute temperature scale, its unit being named in his honour.

List Thumbnail

1708(f)

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by Elizabeth King (née Thomson)
pencil, 1840
NPG 1708(f)

P1123

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, 1850s
NPG P1123

3587

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3587

1708

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by Elizabeth King (née Thomson)
oil on canvas, 1886-1887
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1708

1896a

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by Margaret May Giles (Mrs Jenkin)
plaster cast of wax medallion, circa 1890s-1907
NPG 1896a

1896

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by Margaret May Giles (Mrs Jenkin)
wax medallion, circa 1890s-1907
NPG 1896

P1700(22a)

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by T. & R. Annan & Sons
albumen print, 1896 or before
NPG P1700(22a)

3005

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by Sir Leslie Ward
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 29 April 1897
NPG 3005

Ax39819

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax39819

Ax18340

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1870
NPG Ax18340

x127450

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by Elliott & Fry
chlorobromide print on cream card mount, 1899
NPG x127450

x18987

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by Dickinson Brothers, published by Photographische Gesellschaft
photogravure, circa 1900
NPG x18987

x18984

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
bromide print, circa 1900
NPG x18984

x18985

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
bromide print, circa 1900
NPG x18985

x18988

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by T. & R. Annan & Sons, after Elliott & Fry
photogravure, (1900)
NPG x18988

x18990

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by Elliott & Fry
platinum print, 1900
NPG x18990

x138057

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by Falk Studios
vintage print, circa 1900
NPG x138057

x197678

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900-1907
NPG x197678

Related People

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, something missing, or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have any information to share please complete the form below

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.