Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum

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Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum, by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, and  Frederick Goodall, 1890 - NPG 1782 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum

by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, and Frederick Goodall
oil on canvas, 1890
55 in. x 43 in. (1397 mm x 1092 mm)
Given by Pantaleone Constantine ('Pandeli') Ralli, 1916
Primary Collection
NPG 1782

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Artistsback to top

  • Frederick Goodall (1822-1904), Painter. Artist associated with 3 portraits, Sitter in 12 portraits.
  • Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914), Painter and illustrator. Artist associated with 47 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.

This portraitback to top

Kitchener was the epitome of the successful imperialist general. He served under Wolseley in the relief expedition to Gordon in Khartoum, and subsequently commanded armies in Egypt and the Sudan. His reputation for invincibility was later enhanced by his victories during the Boer War. Kitchener made the transition from active command in the field to military administration with great aplomb. It was he who was chiefly responsible for converting the small British army into a military machine of three million men during the early years of the First World War, and is remembered for his slogan 'Your country needs you'. This portrait by Herkomer was painted shortly after a successful campaign against the Dervishes and shows Kitchener, who wears the drill khakis of a Colonel of the Royal Engineers, standing before Cairo. Presented by P. Ralli, 1916.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Funnell, Peter (introduction); Marsh, Jan, A Guide to Victorian and Edwardian Portraits, 2011, p. 57
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 356
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 108