William Ewart Gladstone

1 portrait on display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery

William Ewart Gladstone, by Rupert Potter, 28 July 1884 - NPG x5885 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Ewart Gladstone

by Rupert Potter
albumen print, 28 July 1884
7 3/4 in. x 5 5/8 in. (197 mm x 142 mm) image size
Given by Mrs W.O. Manning, 1958
Photographs Collection
NPG x5885

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  • Rupert Potter (1832-1914), Barrister and photographer; father of Beatrix Potter. Artist associated with 29 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Beatrix Potter recounted the occasion of this sitting: 'Papa has been photographing old Gladstone this morning at Mr. Millais'. [...] They kept off politics of course, and talked about photography. Mr. Gladstone talked of it on a large scale, but not technically. What would it come to, how far would the art be carried, did papa think people would ever be able to photograph in colours?' Taken in John Everett Millais's studio during the third sitting for the 'Rosebery' portrait, the second of Millais's four paintings of Gladstone.

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