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John Murray (1808-1892), Publisher and patron; son of John Murray

Sitter in 6 portraits
Artist associated with 3 portraits
John Murray started his career in the family publishing house in 1828. His first major publishing initiative was to compile handbooks of continental countries he had visited, containing information on architecture, geology and many practical details. The series were hugely successful and set the model for future travel guides. Murray became head of the firm in 1843, and achieved considerable success in the firm's chosen niches of travel, history, biography and memoirs. In 1859, Murray published Charles Darwin's Origin of Species.

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Robert Plumer Ward

by Charles Turner, published by John Murray, after Henry Perronet Briggs
mezzotint, published 1850 (1839)
NPG D40280


Sir Hudson Lowe

published by John Murray, after Wyville
stipple and line engraving, published June 1853
NPG D5125


Thomas Assheton Smith

by William Holl Jr, published by John Murray, after P. Cooper
stipple engraving, published February 1860
NPG D41771