William Wilberforce

1 portrait

William Wilberforce, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1828 - NPG 3 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Wilberforce

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, 1828
38 in. x 43 in. (965 mm x 1092 mm)
Given by executors of Sir Robert Harry Inglis, 2nd Bt, 1857
Primary Collection
NPG 3


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Sitterback to top

  • William Wilberforce (1759-1833), Philanthropist and reformer. Sitter associated with 31 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 683 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.

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Wilberforce generally took a conservative position on matters of domestic security, free trade and the constitution. However, he was fiercely independent and would side with opposition politicians like Brougham, Petty-Fitzmaurice or Romilly to achieve his idealistic goals. Wilberforce was well-liked: Lawrence's unfinished portrait was said to capture 'the intellectual power and winning sweetness of the veteran statesman'.

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  • Audio Guide
  • Cooper, John, Great Britons: The Great Debate, 2002, p. 13
  • Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 139
  • Levey, Michael, Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1979 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 November 1979 - 16 March 1980)
  • Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 108
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 116
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 116
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 661
  • Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 554
  • Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 47

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