William Ewart Gladstone

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William Ewart Gladstone, by Sydney Prior Hall, circa 1890s - NPG 2227 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Ewart Gladstone

by Sydney Prior Hall
gouache on millboard, circa 1890s
21 in. x 14 1/2 in. (533 mm x 368 mm) high
Given by the artist's son, Harry Reginald Holland Hall, 1928
Primary Collection
NPG 2227


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  • Sydney Prior Hall (1842-1922), Portrait painter and illustrator. Artist associated with 152 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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No English politician has been more intensely loved or more fervently hated than Gladstone. A man of formidable intelligence and energy and of wide interests - he gave the same attention to everything he put his mind to - he was a major force in British politics, serving as prime minister no less than four times, and equalled as an orator only by John Bright. In this portrait he is seen reading in the library, known as 'the Temple of Peace', on his wife's estate Hawarden Castle in Wales.

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  • NPG D34518: William Ewart Gladstone ('The evening of his days: Mr Gladstone in the library at Hawarden Castle') (source portrait)

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