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John Bird Sumner

(1780-1862), Archbishop of Canterbury

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 13 portraits
Archbishop of Canterbury from 1848; from 1838-48 Bishop of Chester; founded numerous churches and schools; inclined to the evangelical party of the Church of England, but was admired for his moderate views and impartiality.

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John Bird Sumner, by Maull & Polyblank - NPG x14261

John Bird Sumner

by Maull & Polyblank
albumen print, arched top, published August 1859
NPG x14261

Called John Bird Sumner, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x38888

Called John Bird Sumner

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen print, 1861
NPG x38888

John Bird Sumner, by Caldesi, Blanford & Co - NPG Ax30378

John Bird Sumner

by Caldesi, Blanford & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1862
NPG Ax30378

John Bird Sumner, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG Ax30379

John Bird Sumner

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1862
NPG Ax30379

John Bird Sumner, by Caldesi, Blanford & Co - NPG x26582

John Bird Sumner

by Caldesi, Blanford & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1862
NPG x26582

John Bird Sumner, by Caldesi, Blanford & Co - NPG x134609

John Bird Sumner

by Caldesi, Blanford & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1862
NPG x134609

John Bird Sumner, by Samuel Cousins, after  Margaret Sarah Carpenter - NPG D40905

John Bird Sumner

by Samuel Cousins, after Margaret Sarah Carpenter
mezzotint, (1839)
NPG D40905

John Bird Sumner, by Francis Holl, published by  Joseph Hogarth, after  George Richmond - NPG D40907

John Bird Sumner

by Francis Holl, published by Joseph Hogarth, after George Richmond
stipple engraving, published 1849
NPG D40907

'The opening of the Great Industrial Exhibition of all Nations', by George Cruikshank, published by  David Bogue - NPG D33638

'The opening of the Great Industrial Exhibition of all Nations'

by George Cruikshank, published by David Bogue
etching, 1851
NPG D33638

John Bird Sumner, by John Richardson Jackson, published by  Henry Graves & Co, after  Margaret Sarah Carpenter - NPG D40906

John Bird Sumner

by John Richardson Jackson, published by Henry Graves & Co, after Margaret Sarah Carpenter
mezzotint, published 26 July 1853
NPG D40906

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