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Sir John Bowring (1792-1872), Political economist, traveller and the 4th Governor of Hong Kong

Sitter associated with 18 portraits
Economist, linguist, writer and traveller; promoted reforms to the keeping of public accounts and obtained the issue of the florin as the first step towards a decimal system of currency. Friend of John Stuart Mill and editor of the radical 'Westminster Review'; after a varied career as journalist, poet, financial and economic expert. MP, traveller and diplomat, became consul at Canton, 1847; later appointed plenipotentiary to China and governor commander-in-chief and vice-admiral of Hong Kong; undertook hostilities against the Chinese, 1856, and with Palmerston's support withstood a vote censure.

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Sir John Bowring

by John King
oil on canvas, 1826
NPG 1113

2515(56)

Sir John Bowring

by William Brockedon
black chalk, 1831
NPG 2515(56)

1082

Sir John Bowring

by Pierre-Jean David D'Angers, cast by Louis Richard
bronze medallion, 1832
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1082

599

The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840

by Benjamin Robert Haydon
oil on canvas, 1841
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 599

2550

Sir John Bowring

by Unknown artist
pencil, 1854
NPG 2550

Ax18310

Sir John Bowring

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax18310

D32026

Sir John Bowring

by William Ward, after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, published 1832
NPG D32026

D41430

The Rejected of Kilmarnock (Sir John Bowring)

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 21 August 1837
NPG D41430

D41433

Great Western General Booking Office

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 31 August 1837
NPG D41433

D32024

Sir John Bowring

by William Holl Jr, after Bryan Edward Duppa
stipple engraving, published 1840
NPG D32024

D32025

Sir John Bowring

by James Stephenson, after Charles Allen Duval
mixed-method engraving, 1844
NPG D32025

D2844

Sir John Bowring

by James Stephenson, after Charles Allen Duval
mixed-method engraving, 1844
NPG D2844

D23546

'The Abolition of the Slave Trade' (The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840)

by John Alfred Vinter, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
lithograph, circa 1846-1864 (1841)
NPG D23546

D20516

'The Abolition of the Slave Trade' (The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840)

by John Alfred Vinter, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
lithograph, circa 1846-1864 (1841)
NPG D20516

D2843

Sir John Bowring

by James Henry Lynch, after Benjamin Richard Green
lithograph, 1848 or after
NPG D2843

D2842

Sir John Bowring

by Richard Taylor, after Maull & Polyblank
wood engraving, published 1871
NPG D2842

Ax38780

Sir John Bowring

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax38780

D32033

'The Abolition of the Slave Trade' (The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840)

by John Alfred Vinter, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
lithograph, circa 1846-1864 (1841)
NPG D32033