Cecil John Rhodes

1 portrait

Cecil John Rhodes, by George Frederic Watts, 1898 - NPG 1407 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Cecil John Rhodes

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1898
33 3/4 in. x 26 3/4 in. (857 mm x 679 mm)
Given by the artist's executors, 1905
Primary Collection
NPG 1407


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  • Cecil John Rhodes (1853-1902), Imperialist, statesman in South Africa and mining entrepreneur. Sitter in 23 portraits.

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  • George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), Painter and sculptor. Artist associated with 85 portraits, Sitter in 42 portraits.

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Rhodes wrote to Mrs. Watts while the portrait was being painted, asking her to tell Watts to put in the eyes of the Sphinx looking over the desert into eternity, only in my case for empire of the race that I believe to be the best.

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