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Duncan McNeill, Baron Colonsay and Oronsay

1 of 1610 portraits by Sir Leslie Ward

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Duncan McNeill, Baron Colonsay and Oronsay

by Sir Leslie Ward
published in Vanity Fair 13 September 1873
11 in. x 6 3/4 in. (279 mm x 171 mm)
NPG 2627


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Inscriptionback to top

Signed (lower right): Spy
Inscribed on the mount: Lord Colonsay./September 13, 1873

This portraitback to top

This is one of a large collection of original studies for Vanity Fair, which were owned and specially mounted by the first proprietor of the magazine, Thomas Bowles. The water-colour of Lord Colonsay was published in Vanity Fair as a coloured lithograph, on 13 September 1873, as 'Statesmen, no. 154', with the title, 'Scotch Law'.

Physical descriptionback to top

White hair and whiskers. Dressed in a black tie, white shirt and dark grey suit. Seated on a red sofa presumably in the House of Lords (a peer's coronet appears in the top right-hand corner), with a black top-hat beside him, stuffed with papers.

Provenanceback to top

Thomas Bowles; Vanity Fair Sale, Christie's, 5 March 1912 (lot 166); Charles Newman, purchased from him, 1933.


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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