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Sir William Vernon Harcourt

15 of 47 portraits of Sir William Vernon Harcourt

Sir William Vernon Harcourt, by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope, 1904 - NPG 6212 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir William Vernon Harcourt

by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope
oil on canvas, 1904
50 in. x 40 in. (1270 mm x 1016 mm)
Purchased, 1993
Primary Collection
NPG 6212


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  • Sir William Vernon Harcourt (1827-1904), Lawyer, journalist and politician; MP, Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer. Sitter in 47 portraits.

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One of the great Liberal politicians of the later Victorian period, Harcourt served in Gladstone's successive administrations as Home Secretary and, later, Chancellor of the Exchequer. Painted just before his death, Harcourt is shown in his Chancellor's robes. The portrait is in an Italian 'Pitti Palace' revival frame favoured by the artist.

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  • NPG D35329: Sir William Vernon Harcourt (source portrait)

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  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 279
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 183