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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

John Bright (1811-1889), Statesman and orator

This does not include caricatures or photographs, of which there are several examples in the NPG.

1843
Painting by C. A. Du Val. Collection of Lord Aberconway, Bodnant.
Exhibited RA, 1843 (446). Presumably the portrait engraved by S. W. Reynolds, with variations, published Ackermann and Agnew, 1843 (example in NPG).

1847-9
Two paintings by J. P. Knight. Exhibited RA, 1847 (181), and 1849 (71).

1847
'The Anti-Corn Law League', engraving by S. Bellin, after a painting by J. R. Herbert of 1847, published Agnew, 1850 (example in NPG).

c.1847
Lithograph by G. B. Black (example in NPG). Reproduced J. T. Mills, John Bright and the Quakers (1935), II, facing 158.

Bust by C. A. Rivers. Exhibited RA, 1847 (1297).

1858
'Baron Lionel de Rothschild Introduced into the House of Commons, 1858' by H. Barraud. Rothschild Collection.

1860
'The House of Commons, 1860' by J. Phillip. Houses of Parliament. Engraved by T. O. Barlow, published Agnew & Sons, 1866 (example in NPG).

'Bright Reform Bomb', painting by G. Cruikshank. House of Commons.
Etched key, published W. Tweedie, 1861 (example in House of Commons).

Bust by K. Borycreski. Exhibited RA, 1860 (1009).

1861
Engraving by J. H. Baker, after L. Dickinson, published Fairless, Newcastle, 1861 (example in British Museum), engraving exhibited RA, 1861 (935).

1862
Painting by B. R. Andrew. Collection of W. J. Lewington, 1930.

'Treaty of Commerce, 1862', woodcut by Eastham, published ILN, XL (1862), 230-1.

1865
Three paintings by G. Fagnani. New York Chamber of Commerce; Union League Club, New York;
formerly collection of Mrs Bright. Fagnani also painted a joint portrait of Cobden and Bright for the Corporation of Rochdale.

1869
Painting by C. Lucy. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

c.1869
Marble bust by N. N. Burnard. Exhibited RA, 1869 (1287).

c.1870
Marble bust by J. Adams-Acton. Exhibited RA, 1870 (1202).
Either the bust in the National Liberal Club, London, or the bust in the collection of Lady Josephine Chance, 1938 (see under 1889 below).

1874
Painting by L. Dickinson. Reform Club, London.
Exhibited RA, 1874 (112). Copy by Hillyard Swinstead: National Liberal Club, London.

c.1877
Marble statue(?) by W. Theed. Manchester City Hall. Exhibited RA, 1877 (1417).

1878
Marble bust by G. Burnard. Exhibited RA, 1878 (1462).

1879
Painting by W. T. Roden. City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham.

Paintings by W. W. Ouless (see NPG 817).

1880
Painting by Sir J. E. Millais. Collection of Lord Aberconway, Bodnant.
Exhibited RA, 1880 (322), and VE, 1892 (136). Engraved by T. O. Barlow, published Agnew, 1882 (example in NPG), engraving exhibited RA, 1882 (1284). Copy by R. Fowler: Houses of Parliament. The pose in Millais' portrait is identical to that in a photograph by R. Potter (example in NPG); a drawing by T. B. Wirgman, after the photograph, was published Daily Chronicle, 27 June 1896.

1881
'The Private View of the Royal Academy' by W. P. Frith. Collection of A. C. R. Pope.
Reproduced Studio, CIX (1935), 294.

1882
Painting by F. Holl. City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham (on loan from Birmingham Liberal Association). Exhibited RA, 1883 (278). Reproduced Sir H. Maxwell, Sixty Years a Queen (1897), p 35.

Marble bust by Sir J. E. Boehm. Collection of the Earl of Rosebery, Dalmeny.
Exhibited RA, 1882 (1677). Related plaster cast (NPG 868). Terra-cotta version exhibited VE, 1892 (1073).

c.1882
Miniature by Mrs S. W. North. Exhibited RA, 1882 (1376).

1883
Painting by E. Crowe (at the Reform Club). Collection of Mr Lewis, 1932. Exhibited RA, 1904 (739).
Reproduced Cassell's Royal Academy Pictures (1904), p 64.

1884
Drawing by T. B. Wirgman (in his study). Published as a supplement to The Graphic, 28 November 1885.

1887
Painting by F. Holl. Reform Club, London.

Drawing by S. P. Hall (NPG 2322).

c.1887
Painting by W. B. Morris. Exhibited RA, 1887 (367).

c.1889
Marble bust by J. Adams-Acton. Exhibited RA, 1889 (2021).
Either the bust in the National Liberal Club, or the bust in the collection of Lady Josephine Chance, 1938 (see under 1870 above).

1891
Bronze statue by Sir W. H. Thornycroft. Rochdale.
Model for this statue exhibited RA, 1892 (1868), reproduced Cassell's Royal Academy Pictures (1892), p 154. Statue (in situ) reproduced J. T. Mills, John Bright and the Quakers (1935), II, facing 332.
A bronze statuette by Thornycroft of 1891 is in the National Liberal Club, London.

Marble statue by A. B. Joy. Manchester.
Reproduced Magazine of Art (1892), p 70. Statue (in situ) reproduced J. T. Mills, John Bright and the Quakers, II, frontispiece.

c.1892
Marble statue by A. B. Joy. City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham.
Reproduced Diaries of John Bright, edited R. A. J. Walling (1930), facing p 538. Model for this statue exhibited RA, 1893 (1677). A replica of c.1902 is in the Houses of Parliament.

1896
Statue by A. Gilbert. National Liberal Club, London.

Undated
Painting by Mrs L. Whaite. London International Exhibition, 1874 (579).

Drawing by H. Furniss (NPG 3345).

Drawing by F. Sargent (NPG 3808).

Marble bust by an unknown artist. Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight.

Terra-cotta bust by A. Bennet. Gladstone Collection, Hawarden Castle.

Lithograph by W. H. McFarlane; anonymous lithograph; coloured lithograph, published Cassell, Petter, and Galpin; etching by Burton (examples in NPG); etching by C. Laurie (example in British Museum).



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.