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.

Advanced Collection search

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

William Farren (1786-1861), Actor

This does not include popular prints of Farren in character, for which see L. A. Hall, Catalogue of Dramatic Portraits in the Theatre Collection of the Harvard College Library (Cambridge, Mass), II (1931) 9-11 (various examples in NPG and British Museum). For portraits in the Garrick Club see C. K. Adams, A Catalogue of Pictures in the Garrick Club (1936).

Painting by G. Clint (as Lord Ogleby in Colman and Garrick's 'The Clandestine Marriage', with Farley and Jones). Garrick Club, London. Exhibited RA, 1819 (48).

Painting by S. de Wilde (as Lord Ogleby). Victoria and Albert Museum.
Engraved by J. Hopwood junior, published Simpkin and Marshall, 1818 (example in Harvard Theatre Collection), for Oxberry's 'New English Drama'. An engraving by F. Waldeck, after a different portrait by de Wilde of Farren, as Lord Ogleby, was published H. Berthoud junior, 1821 (example in Harvard Theatre Collection). Another version of the painting by S. de Wilde is in the Garrick Club, London.

Painting by S. de Wilde (as Lovegold in Fielding's 'The Miser'). Exhibited RA, 1820 (876), and SKM, 1868 (115), lent by W. C. Cater.

Engraving by C. Picart, after A. Wivell, published Wivell, 1822 (example in NPG).

Painting by G. Clint. Garrick Club, London.
Engraved by J. Thomson, published J. Asperne, 1822 (example in NPG), for the European Magazine.

Painting by S. Drummond. Exhibited RA, 1822 (345).

Painting by R. Rothwell (NPG 1440).

Cabinet statue by C. A. Rivers (as the Spanish Curate). Exhibited RA, 1841 (1263).

Bust by J. H. Foley. Exhibited RA, 1842 (1395).

Miniature by T. Carrick. Garrick Club, London.
Exhibited RA, 1845 (775), and Special Exhibition of Portrait Miniatures, South Kensington Museum, 1865 (3040). Engraved by H. Robinson, published E. Gambart, 1846 (example in British Museum).

Daguerreotype by Mayall, reproduced as a woodcut ILN, XXVII (1855), 100.

Painting by G. Clint. Victoria and Albert Museum.
Possibly related to the 1820 portrait by Clint.

Painting(?) called Farren. Christie's, 22 July 1871 (lot 28).

Painting by G. H. Harlow. Memorial Theatre Museum, Stratford-on-Avon, 1896.

Lithograph by J. H. Lynch, published Engelmann & Co (example in British Museum).

Anonymous photograph (example in NPG).

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.