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Sketch for 'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'

12 of 159 portraits of William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sketch for 'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'

by Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
circa 1846
4 3/4 in. x 7 5/8 in. (121 mm x 194 mm)
NPG 343b


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Inscribed in pencil above the sketchily drawn figures are the names of those represented.

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This was executed by Prince Albert to show Partridge the disposition of the Fine Arts Commissioners at a particular meeting. Included are Lord Morpeth, Thomas Wyse, Charles Shaw-Lefevre, Sir Robert Peel, Lord John Russell, Thomas Macaulay, Lord Mahon, Sir Charles Eastlake, Lord Colborne, Prince Albert, Sir James Graham, the Duke of Sutherland, George Vivian, Lord Ashburton, Lord Lyndhurst, Sir Robert Inglis, Lord Lincoln, Samuel Rogers , the Marquess of Lansdowne, Henry Hallam, Lord Melbourne, Lord Aberdeen, Henry Gally Knight, Lord Palmerston, and two figures whose names are cut off. Prince Albert's drawing has suffered from exposure to light, and is only visible in an infra-red photograph.

Provenanceback to top

Presented by the artist's wife, Mrs Partridge, 1872.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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