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Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

1 of 6 portraits on display in Room 25 at the National Portrait Gallery

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, by Carlo Pellegrini, 1873 - NPG 5106 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke

by Carlo Pellegrini
terracotta statuette, 1873
17 1/4 in. (438 mm) high
Purchased, 1976
Primary Collection
NPG 5106


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  • Carlo Pellegrini (1839-1889), 'Ape'; caricaturist. Artist associated with 143 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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This is a unique terracotta statuette by the Italian caricaturist, Carlo Pellegrini. In 1871, as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lowe proposed a tax of one half-penny on a box of matches. London matchmakers took to the streets and he was forced to withdraw the measure. He is shown standing on a matchbox, incised with the slogan which he coined 'Ex luce lucellum': 'out of light a little gain'.

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