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Henry Montagu Butler

(1833-1918), Master of Trinity College, Cambridge

Sitter in 9 portraits
Butler was appointed headmaster of Harrow in 1859, at the age of just twenty-six; he remained in this post until 1885. He did much to modernise the school and established good relationships with both boys and staff, taking a personal interest in their welfare. The demands of school management led to a serious illness in 1881, and in 1885 he accepted the position of dean of Gloucester Cathedral. The posting was short lived, however, as the following year he was appointed master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He went on to become vice chancellor of the university in 1889-90.

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Henry Montagu Butler, by 'Hay' - NPG 3277

Henry Montagu Butler

by 'Hay'
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 18 May 1889
NPG 3277

Henry Montagu Butler, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x27330

Henry Montagu Butler

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1886 or after
NPG x27330

Henry Montagu Butler, by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio), published by  T. Fisher Unwin - NPG Ax29142

Henry Montagu Butler

by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio), published by T. Fisher Unwin
photogravure, published 1893
NPG Ax29142

Henry Montagu Butler, by James Russell & Sons - NPG x129583

Henry Montagu Butler

by James Russell & Sons
platinotype cabinet card, 1900s
NPG x129583

Henry Montagu Butler, by E.O. Hoppé - NPG x136702

Henry Montagu Butler

by E.O. Hoppé
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 9 August 1913
NPG x136702

Henry Montagu Butler, by Frank Sternberg, after  Sir Hubert von Herkomer - NPG D32490

Henry Montagu Butler

by Frank Sternberg, after Sir Hubert von Herkomer
mezzotint, 1888
NPG D32490

Henry Montagu Butler ('Men of the Day. No. 880.

Henry Montagu Butler ('Men of the Day. No. 880. "Trinity."')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 28 May 1903
NPG D45172

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