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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), Natural philosopher and academic administrator

This does not include photographs, of which there are several examples in the NPG, and three photographs in the Scottish NPG by D. O. Hill.

Before 1823
Painting by Sir H. Raeburn. Ex-Raeburn family, Christie's, 16 July 1887 (lot 64).
Exhibited Exhibition of the Works of Sir Henry Raeburn, Edinburgh, 1876, (168). Engraved by W. Holl, published Fisher, Son & Co, 1832 (example in NPG), for Jerdan's 'National Portrait Gallery'.

1824
Drawing by W. Bewick. Scottish NPG.

1832
Engraving by D. Maclise, published Fraser's Magazine, VI (1832), facing 416, as no.30 in Maclise's 'Gallery of Illustrious Literary Characters'. Pencil study: Victoria and Albert Museum.

1835
'The Fraserians', engraving by D. Maclise, published Fraser's Magazine, XI (1835), between 2 and 3.
Two pencil studies: Victoria and Albert Museum.

1848
Engraving by F. Croll, published 1848 (example in NPG), for Hogg's Weekly Instructor.

1849
Engraving by W. H. Mote (example in NPG), published D. Bogue, for Year-book of Facts 1849, frontispiece.

1852
Painting by J. Wilson. University of Glasgow.

c.1853
Painting by W. S. Herrick. Exhibited RA, 1853 (481).

1857
Drawing by R. Lehmann. British Museum.
Probably the portrait exhibited RA, 1869 (1135). Reproduced R. Lehmann, Men and Women of the Century (1896), no.9.

1864
Painting by Sir J. Watson Gordon (NPG 691).

'The Intellect and Valour of Great Britain', engraving by C. G. Lewis, after T. J. Barker, published J. G. Browne, Leicester, 1864 (example in NPG); key-plate, published Browne, 1863 (example in British Museum).

c.1864
Painting by N. Macbeth. Exhibited RA, 1864 (459).

c.1867
Marble bust(?) by Mrs D. O. Hill. Exhibited RA, 1867 (1182).

1868
Woodcut published ILN, LII (1868), 189.

c.1868
Marble bust by Mrs D. O. Hill (modelled in 1866). Exhibited RA, 1868 (1128).

c.1869
Painting by N. Macbeth. Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Exhibited RA, 1869 (222), Scottish National Portraits, Edinburgh, 1884 (376), and VE, 1892 (93).

1871
Statue by W. Brodie. University of Edinburgh.
Reproduced as a woodcut ILN, LVIII (1871), 398.

Undated
Painting by Wighton. University of Edinburgh.
See D. Talbot Rice and P. McIntyre, The University Portraits (1957), pp 21-3.



This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.