The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Ormond: Thomas Slingsby Duncombe (1796-1861)

Extract from an out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, pp.150-1. Subject to funding, it is hoped to make the full text of this catalogue available online.

Thomas Slingsby Duncombe (1796-1861)
Radical politician; served in the Army till 1819; MP from 1826; an active member of the radical party; defended Lord Durham, 1838; presented Chartist petition, 1842; helped in Prince Louis Napoleon's escape from Ham; worked on behalf of Italian and Hungarian independence.

1651a by James Warren Childe, 1836
Pencil, watercolour and body colour on paper, 10 5/8 x 8 1/8 in. (270 x 207 mm), healthy complexion, brown eyes, black hair and whiskers. Dressed in a dark stock, white shirt, yellow waistcoat, and dark morning coat. Pale brown and blue background.

Signed in pencil (lower right): J W Childe/ 135 Strand. Autograph in ink (along the bottom): Thomas Slingsby Duncombe/ Novr 19th 1836

Collections: Presented by Lovat Fraser, 1912.

Exhibitions: Possibly the portrait by Childe exhibited RA 1842 (907).

4026(20) by Count Alfred D'Orsay, 1839
Pencil and black chalk, with touches of red on cheek and lips, on paper, 11 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (285 x 209 mm)

Signed and dated (lower right): A. D’Orsay/ fecit/ Oct. 1839/ London. Inscribed (lower centre): T. Duncombe, Esq MP.

Collections: Purchased, 1957. See Drawings of Men About Town, 1832-48, by Count D'Orsay.

A drawing by Wilkins (possibly F.W. Wilkin) of 1824 was in the collection of Thomas H. Duncombe, exhibited SKM 1868 (391); Duncombe is represented in 'The Reform Banquet, 1832' by B.R. Haydon, in the collection of Lady Mary Howick, etched by F. Bromley, published J.C. Bromley, 1835 (example in NPG); a watercolour by Miss M.A. Chalon was exhibited RA 1838 (989); busts by A. Hone and W. Behnes were exhibited RA 1843 (1452), and 1844 (1376); woodcuts were published ILN, vol.1, 1842, p.180, and vol.5, 1844, p.5; there are various engravings (examples in NPG and British Museum).

ILN  Illustration London News
RA  Royal Academy
SKM  Third Exhibition of National Portraits,SouthKensingtonMuseum, 1868

Visit From Your Armchair

Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

Visit now

Hold Still

Hold Still

Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.

Explore the exhibition

Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

Sculptures in 360°

See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.

View the 360s

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.

See the video