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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883), Poet and translator of 'Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám'

FitzGerald disliked the idea of sitting for portraits which explains why few are recorded; a drawing by J. Spedding, executed when FitzGerald was an undergraduate, is in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (plate 330); a similar drawing, apparently by Spedding and probably of FitzGerald, is in the collection of J. H. Spedding; a painting called FitzGerald by T. Churchyard was exhibited Portraits in Berkshire, Reading Museum and Art Gallery, 1964 (24).

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.