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Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery

Expansion and Empire

Room 23A large group portrait, the Secret of England's Greatness, testifying to Victorian Britain's confidence in its position as a world power greets visitors on entering this room. It is flanked either side by two portraits from the sequence of portraits of Arctic explorers by Stephen Pearce. Elsewhere in there is an area devoted to India and the Boer War in a group portrait of the Relief of Lucknow and portraits of Kitchener, Gordon and Baden-Powell, and on the opposite side of the room two large group portraits of Florence Nightingale at Scutari and Queen Victorian visiting wounded soldiers.

Room introduction

23 portraits on display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Philip Barker Webb, by Lalogero di Bernadis - NPG 4327

Philip Barker Webb

by Lalogero di Bernadis
oil on canvas, 1820
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4327

Sir John Richardson, by Bernhard Smith - NPG 888

Sir John Richardson

by Bernhard Smith
plaster cast of medallion, 1842
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 888

Sir James Clark Ross, by Bernhard Smith - NPG 887

Sir James Clark Ross

by Bernhard Smith
plaster cast of medallion, 1843
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 887

Sir James Brooke, by Sir Francis Grant - NPG 1559

Sir James Brooke

by Sir Francis Grant
oil on canvas, 1847
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1559

Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge of Lahore, replica by Sir Francis Grant - NPG 437

Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge of Lahore

replica by Sir Francis Grant
oil on canvas, (1849)
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 437

Sir Robert McClure, by Stephen Pearce - NPG 1210

Sir Robert McClure

by Stephen Pearce
oil on canvas, 1855
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1210

Edmund Lyons, 1st Baron Lyons, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 685

Edmund Lyons, 1st Baron Lyons

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1856-1857
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 685

Stratford Canning, Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 684

Stratford Canning, Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe

by George Frederic Watts
oil on panel, 1856-1857
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 684

Sir (Francis) Leopold McClintock, by Stephen Pearce - NPG 1211

Sir (Francis) Leopold McClintock

by Stephen Pearce
oil on canvas, 1859
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1211

John Laird Mair Lawrence, 1st Baron Lawrence, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1005

John Laird Mair Lawrence, 1st Baron Lawrence

by George Frederic Watts
oil on panel, 1862
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1005

Sir James Outram, 1st Bt, by Thomas Brigstocke - NPG 661

Sir James Outram, 1st Bt

by Thomas Brigstocke
oil on canvas, circa 1863
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 661

William Gifford Palgrave, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 2071

William Gifford Palgrave

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of medallion, 1864
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2071

Mary Jane Seacole (née Grant), by Albert Charles Challen - NPG 6856

Mary Jane Seacole (née Grant)

by Albert Charles Challen
oil on panel, 1869
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6856

Sir Richard Francis Burton, by Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton - NPG 1070

Sir Richard Francis Burton

by Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton
oil on canvas, 1872-1875
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1070

Garnet Joseph Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley, by Paul Albert Besnard - NPG 1789

Garnet Joseph Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley

by Paul Albert Besnard
oil on canvas, 1880
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1789

Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton, by Sir (William) Hamo Thornycroft - NPG 6420

Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton

by Sir (William) Hamo Thornycroft
marble bust, 1880
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6420

Charles George Gordon, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 864

Charles George Gordon

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
plaster cast of bust, circa 1885
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 864

Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum, by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, and  Frederick Goodall - NPG 1782

Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum

by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, and Frederick Goodall
oil on canvas, 1890
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1782

Sir Walter Sendall, by Edward (Edouard) Lanteri - NPG 4859

Sir Walter Sendall

by Edward (Edouard) Lanteri
marble bust, 1902
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4859

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, by Sir Hubert von Herkomer - NPG 5991

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell

by Sir Hubert von Herkomer
oil on canvas, 1903
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5991