Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Edward Armitage (1817-1896), History painter

Self-portrait
By other artists
Photographs

Self-portraitback to top


1882
Oil on canvas, 345 x 297mm oval, signed and dated 16 Sept. 1882, head-and-shoulders, full-face to right; Aberdeen AG, ABDAG002541.


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1876
Terracotta bust, 690 x 500mm, by Joseph Edgar Boehm; RA, London, 03/1676, bequeathed by sitter’s widow, 1897. Exh. RA 1877 (1512).

Oil on canvas, 1452 x 2201mm, by Charles West Cope, The Council of the Royal Academy Selecting Pictures for the Exhibition, 1875, half-length to front, standing behind other RAs, scrutinizing a picture held up by group at right; RA, London, 03/1288.
There is a parody sketch after this picture by Harry Furniss; repr. Furniss 1890b, p.51.
See also Calderon, Cope, Faed, Horsley, Leighton, Millais.
The composition bears a remarkable resemblance to the etching by H. Woods of the same subject (Graphic, 4 May 1870, pp.450–51) and, although details and the figures depicted vary, was perhaps inspired by it.

publ. 1880
Design by Herbert Johnson for A Savage Club Dinner – A Portrait Group, half-length, facing front, with full beard, seated at table in middle distance; untraced. Wood-engr. by unidentified engraver repr. Graphic, 6 Mar. 1880, pp.356–7 (double-page ill.); and Watson 1907, facing p.143 (where entitled ‘The Gladstone Night’ and said to have taken place at the Pall Mall restaurant, Regent St).
See also Frith, Gregory, Herkomer, Horsley, P.R. Morris, Orchardson, W.L. Thomas.

c.1885
Oil on canvas, 1122 x 865mm, by Walter William Ouless, three-quarter-length, seated, full-face, right hand on knee; RA, London, 03/559 Exh. RA, 1886 (267).

1889
Pencil sketch by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 20 Feb. 1889, head, profile to left, in margin of report of the Special Committee of the RA; untraced. Repr. Sotheby’s, 25 Oct. 1977 (25).
See also Boehm, Fildes, Frith, Marks, Millais, Pickersgill, Sant, W.H. Thornycroft.


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mid-1850s
Photograph by Robert Howlett, half-length, seated, full-face to right. Engr. repr. in unidentified periodical, 12 June 1858, p.342 (marking success of Retribution).

c.1864
Albumen print by David Wilkie Wynfield; see NPG P225.

c.1867
Albumen cartes-de-visite, 91 x 58mm, by Elliott & Fry, two known poses:
(a) head-and-shoulders, full-face to right; colls NPG Ax14861; and The Rob Dickins Coll., Watts G., Compton, COMWG2008.916, COMWG2008.4405. Engr. by ‘JM’ repr. ILN, 9 Mar. 1867, p.224 (marking election as ARA).
(b) a very similar pose, head turned slightly further to right; colls NPG Ax28916; The Rob Dickins Coll., Watts G., Compton, COMWG2008.6; and V&A, London, PH.581-1885.

c.1877
Woodburytype, 114 x 90mm, by Lock & Whitfield, head-and-shoulders, half-profile to right; colls NPG x100; and The Rob Dickins Coll., Watts G., Compton, COMWG2008.1089.
Cropped oval version, 112 x 90mm, publ. Cooper 1876–83, 3rd ser., 1878, p.34; colls NPG Ax17580; RA, London, 04/1575; and The Rob Dickins Coll., Watts G., Compton, COMWG2008.915, COMWG2008.2127.

c.1883
Albumen print by Frank Dudman, whole-length to front, seated in front of canvas, holding palette and brushes; reg. for copyright by J.P. Mayall 1883 Sept. 24: National Archives (COPY 1/365/307).

1880s?
Photograph by the London Stereoscopic Co., half-length, seated, half-profile to left. Repr. The Year’s Art 1888, p.48; head-and-shoulders thumbnail sketch from this, ‘The Pictures of 1892’, Pall Mall Gazette ‘Extra’, no.62, 2 May 1892, p.14.

reg. 1889
Platinum print, 201 x 154mm, by Ralph Winwood Robinson, Redhill, whole-length, full-face, seated, holding palette and mahlstick in studio; reg. for copyright 1889 Oct. 26: National Archives (COPY 1/398/128); colls RA, London, 06/1032; and NPG x7348. Repr. Robinson [1892].

1890s
Photographs by Elliott & Fry, two known poses:
(a) head-and-shoulders to right, full-face, grey beard, wearing dark painter’s cap. Repr. MA, 1894, p. 251; and MA, 1896, p.384.
(b) head-and-shoulders to right, grey beard, check jacket and waistcoat, no cap. Repr. ILN, 30 May 1896, p.682; and Graphic, 30 May 1896, p.650 (as ‘The Late Mr. E. Armitage, R.A’).

Dr Jan Marsh