John Bright

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

John Bright, by Rupert Potter, September 1871 - NPG x4310 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Bright

by Rupert Potter
albumen carte-de-visite, September 1871
2 1/2 in. x 1 3/4 in. (64 mm x 44 mm) image size
Given by Rupert Potter, 1872
Photographs Collection
NPG x4310


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Sitterback to top

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

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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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A rare example of one of Potter's photographs published as a carte-de-visite, the most popular format for commercially produced photographs from the 1860s until the 1890s. Potter registered several photographs of Bright for copyright, revealing his intention to publish them and some aspiration towards professional photography, supported by the appearance of a selection in the illustrated press. Potter presented this photograph to the National Portrait Gallery on 21 December 1872, and it was signed on the reverse by Bright during a visit to the Gallery on 11 March 1873. It is one of the first photographs to have entered the Gallery's Collection.

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