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Sir John Bowring

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Sir John Bowring, by Pierre-Jean David D'Angers, cast by  Louis Richard, 1832 - NPG 1082 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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
Primary Collection
NPG 1082


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  • Sir John Bowring (1792-1872), Political economist, traveller and the 4th Governor of Hong Kong. Sitter associated with 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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