John Newman

1 portrait on display at Arundel Castle, West Sussex

John Newman, by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt, 1881 - NPG 5295 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Newman

by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
oil on canvas, 1881
47 3/4 in. x 37 1/2 in. (1213 mm x 953 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG 5295


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Artistback to top

  • Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt (1829-1896), Painter and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 39 portraits, Sitter associated with 70 portraits.

This portraitback to top

A leading figure in the Oxford Movement with John Keble and Edward Bouverie Pusey, Newman came increasingly to doubt the Anglican position and converted to Catholicism. He was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1847. Gladstone said of his conversion: 'it has never yet been estimated at anything like the full amount of its calamitous importance'; and it certainly kept Newman in the public eye. He published his autobiographical Apologia Pro Vita Sua, in 1864, and was elevated to cardinal in 1879. At the end of the century, Newman, who was painted by Millais in his cardinal's robes, was acknowledged as one of the greatest churchmen and theological thinkers of the age.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG Ax27834: Thomas Oldham Barlow (appears within the portrait)

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Foister, Susan, Cardinal Newman 1801-90, 1990 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 2 March - 20 May 1990), p. 39
  • Funnell, Peter; Warner, Malcolm, Millais: Portraits, 1999 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 19 February to 6 June 1999), p. 159
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 457