Sir John Fowler, 1st Bt

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Sir John Fowler, 1st Bt, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall, circa 1865 - NPG P326 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir John Fowler, 1st Bt

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
oil over albumen print, circa 1865
13 7/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. (352 mm x 267 mm)
Purchased, 1987
Primary Collection
NPG P326


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For this large photograph, which was probably taken after the opening of the Metropolitan Railway in January 1863, Fowler sat to Mayall, the leading London portrait photographer. The portrait combines a somewhat incongruous studio backdrop of a village scene with the parapet of a bridge and a length of railway track, emblems of Fowler's profession. The portrait is hand-coloured, an 'extra' offered by many of the commercial firms, and housed in an elaborate gilt frame in emulation of the large-format miniature paintings favoured by the Victorians.

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  • Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 81
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 226

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