Frederick Lugard, 1st Baron Lugard(1858-1945), Soldier, administrator, colonial governor and writer
Sitter in 22 portraits
Soldier, explorer of Africa and colonial administrator, Governor of Hong Kong and Governor-General of Nigeria, Lugard was Britain's most famous African Colonial Governor in the age of empire and a pre-eminent colonial thinker in the inter-war years. His life and work spanned all but the final stage of the whole history of British rule in tropical Africa. Three periods were of particular importance: his vigorous action in Uganda in 1890-92, his influential administration of Northern Nigeria from 1900 until 1906, and his amalgamation of the two Nigerians into one administrative entity (1912-18).
by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 19 December 1895
View a wide collection of video content on our YouTube channel from past projects to our latest films.
Artist and sitter interviews
Get insights into creating portraiture from BP Portrait Award 2020 artists and their sitters.
Watch our film created to say ‘goodbye’ to the Gallery before we closed for our major transformation project.