Sir John Bowring
3 of 18 portraits of Sir John Bowring
Sir John Bowring
by Pierre-Jean David D'Angers, cast by Louis Richard
bronze medallion, 1832
6 1/8 in. (155 mm) diameter
Given by Sir Lionel Henry Cust, 1897
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- Sir John Bowring (1792-1872), Political economist, traveller and the 4th Governor of Hong Kong. Sitter in 18 portraits.
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As well as the accurate representation of facial features, D'Angers was particularly interested in recording the shape of the head and the form of the skull. In this example, the broad arch of Bowring's forehead is emphasised in high relief. The medallion was presented to the Gallery in 1897 by the Director, Sir Lionel Cust. He purchased it from the collector Frederick Parker Weber, who in turn obtained the cast from Richard's son-in-law.
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- Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 47
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 70
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