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Henry Hallam (1777-1859), Historian

Sitter in 13 portraits
Educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, Hallam's first choice of career was the law. He was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1798, and in 1802 was called to the Bar . He practised as a barrister on the Oxford circuit but tired of the legal profession and by 1809 had embarked on the historical scholarship for which he is best known. His works included View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages (1818) and Introduction to the Literature of Europe in the 15th, 16th and 17th Centuries (1838-9). He was active in Victorian intellectual life and was involved in many of the learned societies and literary clubs of the day. He helped found London University, and was a founder member of the Statistical Society.

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Henry Hallam

attributed to Gilbert Stuart Newton
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Henry Hallam

by George Richmond
chalk, 1843
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The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846

by John Partridge
oil on canvas, circa 1846-1853
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'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'

by John Partridge
oil on paper, circa 1846
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
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Sketch for 'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'

by Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
pencil, circa 1846
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Henry Hallam

by Richard Cockle Lucas
wax relief, 1851
On display in the Library at Bodelwyddan Castle
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Henry Hallam

by Leonard Charles Wyon
bronze medal, circa 1863
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
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Key to 'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'

by Sir George Scharf
pen and ink and wash, 1872
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Henry Hallam

by Samuel Cousins, published by Welch & Gwynne, after Thomas Phillips
mezzotint, published 26 February 1841
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Henry Hallam

by William Holl Jr, after George Richmond
stipple engraving, (1852)
NPG D35232


Henry Hallam

by G. Gabrielli, published by Williams & Son
stipple and line engraving, 1875
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Henry Hallam

by George Perfect Harding, after Thomas Phillips
pencil tracing, 1802-1853
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