'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'
3 of 26 portraits of Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay
'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'
by John Partridge
oil on paper, circa 1846
18 3/4 in. x 33 7/8 in. (476 mm x 860 mm)
Given by John Partridge, 1872
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Artistback to top
- John Partridge (1789-1872), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 41 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
Sittersback to top
- George Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen (1784-1860), Prime Minister. Sitter in 50 portraits.
- Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1819-1861), Prince Consort of Queen Victoria. Sitter in 201 portraits, Artist associated with 2 portraits.
- Alexander Baring, 1st Baron Ashburton (1773-1848), Financier. Sitter in 11 portraits.
- Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860), Architect. Sitter in 8 portraits.
- Charles John Canning, Earl Canning (1812-1862), Governor-General and first viceroy of India. Sitter in 12 portraits.
- George William Frederick Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle (1802-1864), Viceroy of Ireland. Sitter associated with 79 portraits.
- Nicholas William Ridley-Colborne, 1st Baron Colborne (1779-1854), Statesman and financier. Sitter in 5 portraits.
- Sir Charles Lock Eastlake (1793-1865), Painter; President of the Royal Academy and Director of the National Gallery. Sitter in 15 portraits, Artist associated with 2 portraits.
- Charles Shaw-Lefevre, Viscount Eversley (1794-1888), Speaker of the House of Commons. Sitter in 12 portraits.
- Sir James Robert George Graham, 2nd Bt (1792-1861), Statesman; First Lord of the Admiralty. Sitter in 56 portraits.
- Peter Robert Drummond-Burrell (né Burrell), 2nd Baron Gwydyr, 22nd Baron Willoughby de Eresby (1782-1865), Politician; MP for Boston. Sitter associated with 6 portraits.
- Henry Hallam (1777-1859), Historian. Sitter in 13 portraits.
- Sir Robert Harry Inglis, 2nd Bt (1786-1855), Conservative politician; MP for Dundalk, Ripon and Oxford University. Sitter in 18 portraits.
- Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780-1863), Whig politician; Home Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Lord President of the Council. Sitter associated with 75 portraits.
- John Singleton Copley, Baron Lyndhurst (1772-1863), Lord Chancellor and politician; son of the painter John Singleton Copley. Sitter associated with 96 portraits.
- Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay (1800-1859), Historian, poet and politician; MP for Calne, Leeds and Edinburgh. Sitter in 26 portraits.
- William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne (1779-1848), Prime Minister. Sitter associated with 159 portraits.
- Henry Pelham Fiennes Pelham-Clinton, 5th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne (1811-1864), Politician; MP for several constituencies. Sitter in 17 portraits.
- Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865), Prime Minister. Sitter in 145 portraits.
- Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt (1788-1850), Prime Minister. Sitter associated with 226 portraits.
- Samuel Rogers (1763-1855), Poet, banker and art connoisseur. Sitter in 23 portraits.
- John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792-1878), Prime Minister and writer. Sitter in 244 portraits.
- Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope (1805-1875), Historian; founding member and first chairman of the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery and Conservative politician; MP for Hertford. Sitter in 23 portraits.
- George Granville Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 2nd Duke of Sutherland (1786-1861), President of the British Institution. Sitter associated with 12 portraits.
- Sir Thomas Wyse (1791-1862), Irish politician and diplomat. Sitter associated with 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Appointed by the government in 1841 to consider the decoration of the new Houses of Parliament, the Commission organised competitions, and subsequently ordered frescoes, statues and other works of art from a wide range of artists. This is a study for Partridge's large picture of the Fine Arts Commissioners.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 547
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 704
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1846back to top
Current affairsThe Conservative Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel divides his own party by repealing the unpopular Corn Laws, which prohibited the import of cheap grain from overseas, viewed by many as causing the famines in Ireland (which peaked in this year), as well as domestic hardships following a bad harvest. Peel, defeated on a separate issue, resigns. The Whig Earl Russell becomes Prime Minister.
Art and scienceEther is used for the first time as anaesthetic in an operation by the dentist William Morton, while surgeon John Collins Warren removes a tumor on a patient's neck. Edward Lear, the popular humourist and artist, and author of illustrated nonsense verse (including 'The Owl and the Pussycat'), publishes his Book of Nonsense.
InternationalThe first Anglo-Sikh war ends with the Treaty of Lahore, by which Jammu and Kashmir are ceded to the British. The war had been fought between the Sikh kingdom of the Punjab and the British East India Company, with conflict escalating after internal disorder in the Punjab led the East India Company to increase their military presence on the border.
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On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery