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John Brown

(1826-1883), Gillie and personal servant of Queen Victoria

Sitter associated with 14 portraits
Scottish gillie; Queen Victoria's favourite servant. Brown's popularity with the Queen did not extend to the rest of her household and her family, who found his manners and his drinking habits offensive. Her affection reached its height when he defended her from an assassination attempt in 1872.

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John Brown, by (Cornelius) Jabez Hughes - NPG P149

John Brown

by (Cornelius) Jabez Hughes
albumen print, late 1860s
NPG P149

John Brown; Queen Victoria, by W. & D. Downey - NPG P22(4)

John Brown; Queen Victoria

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1868
NPG P22(4)

John Brown, by W. & D. Downey - NPG P22(9)

John Brown

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1868
NPG P22(9)

John Brown; Queen Victoria, by George Washington Wilson - NPG x197188

John Brown; Queen Victoria

by George Washington Wilson
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG x197188

John Brown, by Robert Milne - NPG x17053

John Brown

by Robert Milne
albumen print, early-mid 1880s
NPG x17053

John Brown, by Hills & Saunders - NPG x4732

John Brown

by Hills & Saunders
albumen cabinet card, early 1880s
NPG x4732

John Brown, by Unknown photographer - NPG x87207

John Brown

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, early 1880s
NPG x87207

John Brown, by Hills & Saunders - NPG x35278

John Brown

by Hills & Saunders
half-plate glass negative, early 1880s
NPG x35278

John Brown, by Walter Stoneman, for  James Russell & Sons - NPG Ax39034

John Brown

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG Ax39034

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John Brown

by Elliott & Fry
quarter-plate glass negative, 8 May 1952
NPG x100505

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