Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell

1 portrait of Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, 1903 - NPG 5991 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell

by Sir Hubert von Herkomer
oil on canvas, 1903
55 7/8 in. x 44 1/8 in. (1419 mm x 1121 mm)
Purchased, 1988
Primary Collection
NPG 5991


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  • Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914), Painter and illustrator. Artist associated with 47 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.

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Baden-Powell took part in the Zululand (1888), Ashanti and Matabeleland (1896) campaigns in South Africa. During the Boer War he held Mafeking under siege for 217 days until relieved. In 1910 he retired from the army in order to devote himself to the Boy Scout movement which he founded. The uniform which he wears in this portrait is one which he designed himself for the South African Constabulary; the hat was later adapted for the Boy Scouts. The frame to the portrait is an example of the cushion design with a running foliage pattern which the artist adopted after 1902.

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