Search the Collection

Sir William Quiller Orchardson

(1832-1910), Portrait and subject painter

Sitter associated with 19 portraits
Artist associated with 5 portraits
Artist; born and trained in Edinburgh; settled in London, 1862, where he enjoyed a highly successful career as a painter of subject pictures and portraits; elected RA, 1877. Orchardson became best known for depictions of the history and manners of the eighteenth century and Regency periods and for his dramatic interpretations of the anxieties of contemporary upper class life.

List Thumbnail

Sir Francis Edward Younghusband, by Sir William Quiller Orchardson - NPG 3184

Sir Francis Edward Younghusband

by Sir William Quiller Orchardson
oil on canvas, 1906
NPG 3184

Sir William Quiller Orchardson, by Robert Walker Macbeth, after  Sir William Quiller Orchardson - NPG D32124

Sir William Quiller Orchardson

by Robert Walker Macbeth, after Sir William Quiller Orchardson
etching, exhibited 1893 (1890)
NPG D32124

Web image not currently available

Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel

after Sir William Quiller Orchardson
photogravure, (1898)
NPG D39583

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

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.


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.