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.

Search the Collection

(William) Henry Lytton Earle Bulwer, Baron Dalling and Bulwer

(1801-1872), Diplomat

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 3 portraits
Bulwer joined the British Army in 1825 and entered the diplomatic service two years later. In 1838, he negotiated the Ponsonby Treaty with Turkey, which secured important advantages for British trade in the Ottoman Empire. He was appointed Ambassador to Spain in 1843 but his sympathies with the cause of Spanish constitutionalism led to his expulsion from the country. As British Ambassador to the United States from 1849 to 1852, he negotiated the 1850 Clayton-Bulwer Treaty, which included the possibility of a canal crossing Central America. The treaty was unpopular in the United States because of its concessions to Great Britain. In 1856, Bulwer played a major part in the negotiations following the Crimean War.

Tell us More

List Thumbnail

(William) Henry Lytton Earle Bulwer, Baron Dalling and Bulwer, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 3969

(William) Henry Lytton Earle Bulwer, Baron Dalling and Bulwer

by Carlo Pellegrini
pencil, study in reverse pose for drawing published in Vanity Fair 27 August 1870
NPG 3969

(William) Henry Lytton Earle Bulwer, Baron Dalling and Bulwer ('Statesmen No. 61.'), by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG D43446

(William) Henry Lytton Earle Bulwer, Baron Dalling and Bulwer ('Statesmen No. 61.')

by Carlo Pellegrini
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 27 August 1870
NPG D43446

Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.


How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.