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Octavius Oakley (1800-1867), Watercolourist

Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist associated with 6 portraits
Octavius Oakley, watercolourist, initially worked for a cloth manufacturer near Leeds. He developed into a specialist of portraits in watercolour and enjoyed the patronage of the Duke of Devonshire. From living in Derby where he depicted rustic scenes, he moved to Leamington Spa in Warwickshire in 1836, but returned to London in the 1840s and worked there until his death, producing paintings of street scenes and gypsies and their lifestyle.

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Sir Francis Galton

by Octavius Oakley
watercolour, 1840
NPG 3923


Sir Joseph Paxton

by Octavius Oakley
watercolour, corners diagonally cut, circa 1850?
NPG 5565


John Henry Manners, 5th Duke of Rutland

by and published by William Say, after Octavius Oakley
mezzotint heightened with white bodycolour, circa 1803-1834
NPG D11330


John Talbot, 16th Earl of Shrewsbury

by J. Morrison, published by Fisher Son & Co, after Octavius Oakley
stipple and line engraving, published 1847
NPG D5982


Charles Reece Pemberton

by Charles Edward Wagstaff, published by Robert Moseley, after Octavius Oakley
stipple engraving, published 12 March 1840
NPG D40118


Sir Joseph Paxton

by Samuel William Reynolds, published by Robert Moseley, and published by Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, and published by J.L. Grundy, after Octavius Oakley
mixed-method engraving, published 1 May 1851
NPG D39574