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Robert Charles Dudley

(1826-1909), Painter

Artist of 17 portraits

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'The Royal Yacht off Margate, Night of March 5th 1863', by Robert Charles Dudley - NPG D33983

'The Royal Yacht off Margate, Night of March 5th 1863'

by Robert Charles Dudley
chromolithograph, published 1864
NPG D33983

'Waterloo Place and Pall Mall, March 7th 1863', by Robert Charles Dudley - NPG D33991

'Waterloo Place and Pall Mall, March 7th 1863'

by Robert Charles Dudley
chromolithograph, published 1864
NPG D33991

'Hyde Park, March 7th 1863' (including Alexandra of Denmark), by Robert Charles Dudley - NPG D33992

'Hyde Park, March 7th 1863' (including Alexandra of Denmark)

by Robert Charles Dudley
chromolithograph, published 1864
NPG D33992

'The Bridesmaids', by Robert Charles Dudley - NPG D33997

'The Bridesmaids'

by Robert Charles Dudley
chromolithograph, published 1864
NPG D33997

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Bill Burns

28 February 2016, 18:08

I have recently been researching Robert Charles Dudley in connection with his drawings and paintings of the 1865 and 1866 Atlantic cable expeditions.
In common with most on-line references, the NPG has the wrong date for Dudley's death. I do not know the source of this error, but it has been widely copied, apparently without any reference to original documents. Instead of 1900 the date should be 1909.

Evidence:

Here is a published letter by Dudley about his involvement in the Atlantic cable project ("The Story of a Cable Buoy"), written in 1893 and showing his full name and address:

https://books.google.com/books?id=1eVQAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA162

Here is the probate record retrieved from Ancestry.com, showing the identical name and address and the death date of 1909:

http://ftldesign.com/images/1909-Probate-Robert-Dudley.jpg
(link to the source of this at the UK Probate Office is in Citation field)

I hope you can correct this date in the NPG's catalog entries for this artist.

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