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Room 27
Science and Technology

Room 27This room sees gathered together some of the greatest figures of the Victorian period, a period where science and technology affected the lives of people to an unprecedented degree. One wall in this room is dominated by the three-quarter length portraits of the naturalists Charles Darwin and Sir Richard Owen and the biologist Thomas Huxley. Engineering is represented on another wall with Robert Stephenson and technological advances on another wall with portraits of Michael Faraday and Joseph Lister.
Room introduction

22 portraits on display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery

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5792

Robert Stephenson

by John Lucas
oil on canvas
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5792

2201

George Bradshaw

by Richard Evans
oil on canvas, 1841
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2201

269

Michael Faraday

by Thomas Phillips
oil on canvas, 1841-1842
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 269

938

Sir Richard Owen

by Henry William Pickersgill
oil on canvas, circa 1845
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 938

2164

Thomas Graham

by Wilhelm Trautschold
oil on canvas, 1850-1875
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2164

979

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

by John Callcott Horsley
oil on canvas, 1857
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 979

1387

Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Bt

replica by Lowes Cato Dickinson
oil on canvas, 1883 (circa 1870)
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1387

5080

Sir Daniel Gooch, 1st Bt

by Sir Francis Grant
oil on canvas, 1872
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5080

6359

Ludwig Mond

by Edward (Edouard) Lanteri
bronze statuette
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6359

1024

Charles Darwin

copy by John Collier
oil on canvas, 1883 (1881)
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1024

3168

Thomas Henry Huxley

by John Collier
oil on canvas, 1883
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3168

1359

Herbert Spencer

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
marble bust, circa 1884
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1359

1708

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

by Elizabeth King (née Thomson)
oil on canvas, 1886-1887
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1708

2140

Sir George Williams

reduced replica by John Collier
oil on canvas, (1887)
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2140

L254

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

by John Singer Sargent
oil on canvas, 1900
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L254

1682

Sir William Huggins

replica by John Collier
oil on canvas, 1905
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1682

L247

Jesse Boot, 1st Baron Trent

by Noel Denholm Davis
oil on canvas, 1909
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L247

5316

Sir Robert Ludwig Mond

by Edward (Edouard) Lanteri
bronze statuette, 1912
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5316

1958a

Joseph Lister, Baron Lister

by Sir Thomas Brock
bronze bust, 1922 (circa 1913)
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1958a

D1391

Tring Cutting, June 17th 1839

by John Cooke Bourne
coloured lithograph, published 1839
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D1391

D1388

Charles Darwin as a monkey

by Faustin Betbeder ('Faustin')
coloured lithograph, 1874-1875
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D1388

D1390

Cross Section of a Locomotive by Robert Stephenson

by L. Guignot, after James Dredge
engraving
On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D1390