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Sidney Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Lea

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Sidney Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Lea, by Sir Francis Grant, 1847 - NPG 1639 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sidney Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Lea

by Sir Francis Grant
oil on canvas, 1847
56 1/4 in. x 44 in. (1429 mm x 1118 mm)
Given by George Robert Charles Herbert, 13th Earl of Pembroke, 1912
Primary Collection
NPG 1639


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  • Sir Francis Grant (1803-1878), Portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 101 portraits, Sitter associated with 21 portraits.

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The son of the 11th Earl of Pembroke, Sidney Herbert became a Conservative MP in 1832 and was rapidly promoted under Peel's successive administrations. War secretary at the opening of hostilities in the Crimea, he was largely responsible for Florence Nightingale, a personal friend, going to Scutari. Although forced to resign in February, 1855, Herbert remained an active promoter of military reform until his early death. This portrait was painted just after his first term of office as war secretary in 1845-6. He is depicted in private dress standing before a landscape which is likely to represent Pembrokeshire. Given by the sitter's son, the Earl of Pembroke, 1912.

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  • NPG D35707: Sidney Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Lea (source portrait)

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