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Margaret Gillies (1803-1887), Painter

Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist associated with 9 portraits
In the 1820s Margaret Gillies was a pupil of Frederick Cruikshank, a Scottish miniature painter. During the first two decades of her career Gillies made large miniature portraits, and some subject compositions, that were exhibited widely, including at the Royal Academy and the Society of British Artists. She produced portraits of many of the leading writers, intellectuals and social reformers of the day. From the 1840s she specialised increasingly in larger subject pictures, often portraying suffering heroines from the Bible, literature and history. After 1851, when she studied in Paris under Henri and Ary Scheffer, her major works became increasingly religious in tone and allegorical in subject.

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1267

James Henry Leigh Hunt

by Margaret Gillies
watercolour and gouache on ivory, 1838-1846
NPG 1267

2168

Richard Henry (or Hengist) Horne

by Margaret Gillies
oil on panel, circa 1840
NPG 2168

1514

Sarah Flower Adams

after Margaret Gillies
photograph of drawing, touched with chalk, 1850-1875
NPG 1514

D34485

Charlotte Saunders Cushman; Susan Cushman as Romeo and Juliet

by Thomas Fairland, published by Thomas McLean, after Margaret Gillies
hand-coloured lithograph, 1840s
NPG D34485

D4398

Mary Howitt (nee Botham)

by Alfred Harral, after Margaret Gillies
wood engraving, 1840s-1850s
NPG D4398

D36298

William Wordsworth

by Edward McInnes, published by Sir Francis Graham Moon, 1st Bt, after Margaret Gillies
mezzotint, published 6 August 1841
NPG D36298

D13986

William Wordsworth

by Edward McInnes, published by Sir Francis Graham Moon, 1st Bt, after Margaret Gillies
mezzotint, published 6 August 1841
NPG D13986

D8396

Thomas Southwood Smith

by James Charles Armytage, published by Smith, Elder & Co, after Margaret Gillies
stipple engraving, published 1844
NPG D8396

D21204

William Wordsworth

by Charles William Sherborn, after Margaret Gillies
etching, 1887
NPG D21204