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Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

(1811-1892), Liberal politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer

Sitter in 33 portraits
Lowe trained as a barrister, travelling to Australia in 1842 where he played an active role in politics until 1850. Returning to England he became lead writer for The Times, entering parliament two years later. He occupied posts in successive governments in the 1850s, distinguishing himself as a speaker in the Reform debates of 1866-7. He became Chancellor of the Exchequer (1868-73) and then Home Secretary (1873-4), during Gladstone's first administration. He was raised to the House of Lords as Viscount Sherbrooke in 1880. As an albino he experienced painful sensitivity to light and short-sightedness from childhood; his autobiography deals frankly with the complex effect that visual impairment had on his life.

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Gladstone's Cabinet of 1868, by Lowes Cato Dickinson - NPG 5116

Gladstone's Cabinet of 1868

by Lowes Cato Dickinson
oil on canvas, 1869-1874
NPG 5116

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 5106

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by Carlo Pellegrini
terracotta statuette, 1873
On display in Room 25 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5106

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1013

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, circa 1874
NPG 1013

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by John Watkins, or by  John & Charles Watkins - NPG Ax17737

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by John Watkins, or by John & Charles Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax17737

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax18280

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax18280

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by A.J. (Arthur James) Melhuish - NPG x22562

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by A.J. (Arthur James) Melhuish
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x22562

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by John & Charles Watkins, or by  John Watkins - NPG Ax8528

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by John & Charles Watkins, or by John Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax8528

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by Unknown photographer - NPG x9066

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, 1860s-1870s
NPG x9066

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x197161

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG x197161

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by John & Charles Watkins, or by  John Watkins - NPG Ax30348

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by John & Charles Watkins, or by John Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1862 or before
NPG Ax30348

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by John & Charles Watkins, or by  John Watkins - NPG x76509

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by John & Charles Watkins, or by John Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1862 or before
NPG x76509

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by John & Charles Watkins, or by  John Watkins - NPG Ax21836

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by John & Charles Watkins, or by John Watkins
albumen print, 1862 or before
NPG Ax21836

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by A.J. (Arthur James) Melhuish - NPG Ax39881

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by A.J. (Arthur James) Melhuish
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863-1871
NPG Ax39881

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by A.J. (Arthur James) Melhuish - NPG x197553

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by A.J. (Arthur James) Melhuish
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863-1871
NPG x197553

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax18378

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870
NPG Ax18378

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax46204

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1873
NPG Ax46204

Unidentified man; William Ewart Gladstone; Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by Fradelle & Marshall, after  Unknown artist - NPG x197162

Unidentified man; William Ewart Gladstone; Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by Fradelle & Marshall, after Unknown artist
albumen carte-de-visite, 1873-1877
NPG x197162

'Politicians - Liberals', published by Hughes & Edmonds - NPG Ax132898

'Politicians - Liberals'

published by Hughes & Edmonds
albumen print, published 1876
NPG Ax132898

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