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John Bright

4 of 91 portraits of John Bright

John Bright, by Rupert Potter, September 1879 - NPG P862 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Bright

by Rupert Potter
carbon print, September 1879
11 1/2 in. x 6 7/8 in. (292 mm x 176 mm)
Given by Rupert Potter, 1914
Primary Collection
NPG P862


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Sitterback to top

  • John Bright (1811-1889), Statesman and orator. Sitter associated with 91 portraits.

Artistback to top

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

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Potter registered two photographs from this sitting for copyright in 1889 and exhibited one as a carbon enlargement at the annual exhibition of the Photographic Society of Great Britain (later the Royal Photographic Society) during the same year. The similarity in pose to that in Millais's portrait of Bright suggests Millais used this photograph while completing his painting. The finished painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1880.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 99
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 76

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