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John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

15 of 23 portraits of John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury, by Faustin Betbeder ('Faustin'), circa 1874 - NPG D10932 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

by Faustin Betbeder ('Faustin')
chromolithograph?, circa 1874
8 7/8 in. x 5 3/4 in. (226 mm x 147 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D10932


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Lubbock is depicted here as a determined politician, his arms firmly crossed before an official document and his features fixed into an expression of resolve. Indeed, he developed a reputation as one of the most efficient backbenchers of his day, pushing multiple bills through parliament including the celebrated Bank Holidays Act of 1871, to which the quotation from Shakespeare's Henry VIII below this portrait refers. The French artist Betbeder contributed numerous caricatures of British personalities to the London Figaro, a weekly periodical devoted to literature, art, politics, criticism and satire.