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William Gifford Palgrave

(1826-1888), Jesuit, traveller and diplomat; son of Sir Francis Palgrave

Sitter in 10 portraits
Arabist and diplomat. The son of Sir Francis Palgrave, William Gifford Palgrave converted to Catholicism and became a Jesuit missionary in India and Syria. He narrowly escaped the massacre of Maronite Christians in 1861, travelled across Arabia in 1862-3 and published his observations. He left the Jesuit order in 1862 and served in various diplomatic posts. Often obliged to disguise himself on his travels, Palgrave evidently liked to see himself in Arabic dress. A medallion by Thomas Woolner shows him wearing a fez and he is seen in a photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron wearing a turban.

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William Gifford Palgrave, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 2071

William Gifford Palgrave

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of medallion, 1864
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2071

William Gifford Palgrave, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P279

William Gifford Palgrave

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1868
NPG P279

William Gifford Palgrave, by Unknown photographer - NPG x12648

William Gifford Palgrave

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x12648

William Gifford Palgrave, by Ernest Edwards - NPG x12647

William Gifford Palgrave

by Ernest Edwards
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863-1867
NPG x12647

William Gifford Palgrave, by Abdullah Frères - NPG x8358

William Gifford Palgrave

by Abdullah Frères
albumen carte-de-visite, mid 1860s-mid 1870s
NPG x8358

William Gifford Palgrave, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington - NPG Ax17587

William Gifford Palgrave

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1880
NPG Ax17587

William Gifford Palgrave, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x133394

William Gifford Palgrave

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype, 1880 or before
NPG x133394

William Gifford Palgrave, by Charles Henry Jeens, after  Thomas Woolner - NPG D46008

William Gifford Palgrave

by Charles Henry Jeens, after Thomas Woolner
stipple and line engraving, 1864
NPG D46008

William Gifford Palgrave, by Charles Henry Jeens, after  Thomas Woolner - NPG D46009

William Gifford Palgrave

by Charles Henry Jeens, after Thomas Woolner
stipple and line engraving, 1864
NPG D46009

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William Gifford Palgrave

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1880
NPG x12649

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