The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Search the Collection

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn

(1833-1924), Army officer and courtier; recipient of the Victoria Cross

Sitter in 5 portraits
Probyn was awarded the VC by Queen Victoria in 1858, the first recipient of the award to be recognised for acts of bravery during the Indian Mutiny. Probyn was at Jullundur, the station of his parent regiment, the 6th Bengal Light Cavalry, when the Mutiny broke out in May 1857. His acts of bravery were reported in The London Gazette on 18 June 1858: 'At the battle of Agra, when his squadron charged the rebel infantry, he was some time separated from his men, and surrounded by five or six sepoys. He defended himself from the various cuts made at him, and before his own men had joined him had cut down two of his assailants.'

Tell us More

List Thumbnail

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn, by Bourne & Shepherd - NPG x12771

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn

by Bourne & Shepherd
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x12771

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96184

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1889
NPG x96184

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96185

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1889
NPG x96185

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn, after Sydney Prior Hall - NPG D40763

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn

after Sydney Prior Hall
photographic print, (1913)
NPG D40763

Web image not currently available

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn

by Alexander Bassano
panel portrait size glass negative, 1889
NPG x128016

Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.