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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

(Edward) Onslow Ford (1852-1901), Sculptor

By other artists
Undated portrait
Doubtful portrait
Posthumous portrait

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publ. 1888
Drawing by unidentified artist, possibly ‘J.H’ for The National Association for the Advancement of Art and its Application to Industry, half-length to right, profile to right, addressing the Liverpool Congress, Dec. 1988 (no.10 on key); untraced. Repr. Graphic, 15 Dec. 1888, cover; and Dorment 1985, p.94, fig.51.
See also Alma-Tadema, Crane, Gilbert, Hunt, Leighton, W. Morris.

Pencil sketches by Sydney Prior Hall; see NPG 2384 and NPG 2385.

Pen and ink drawing by G. Grenville Manton: NPG 2820.

Sketch by (William) Walker Hodgson, signed and dated 18 Jan. 1892; untraced. Refs. NPG RP 4041(1–5); NoA (W.W. Hodgson); and [Wood] 1984, no.60. See also NPG collection 4041(1–5).

Pencil drawing by John McClure Hamilton; see NPG 4391.

Petroleum oil on canvas by John McClure Hamilton; see NPG 1866.

Design by Edward Tennyson Reed, for 'Prehistoric Peeps: Opening of the Primeval Royal Academy', signed, half-length, profile left in prehistoric dress, brandishing broken leg of a statue in gathering of 'cavemen' Royal Academicians, amongst wall painting exhibits; untraced. Repr. as an engr. Punch, 12 May 1894, p.226
See also Alma-Tadema, Calderon, Frampton, Gilbert, Gregory, Herkomer, Horsley, Leighton, Lucas, Marks, Millais, Moore, Orchardson, Poynter, Stone, Thornycroft.

Oil on canvas, 1575 x 1067mm (arched top), by Arthur Hacker, three-quarter-length, standing in studio holding small object and sculpting tool; untraced; offered in damaged state to NPG 2004. Exh. RA 1894 (440); engr. by Meisenbach repr. ‘Pictures of the Year’, Graphic, 7 May 1894, p.36; engr. by André & Sleigh repr. ILN, 12 May 1894, p.594 and Cassell’s RA Pictures 1894, p.141.

Oil sketch, 521 x 420mm, by Arthur Hacker, three-quarter-length, profile to left, seated with cigarette in mouth and paintbox on lap; untraced. Repr. Christie’s, 7 May 1965 (102); 5 Mar. 1971 (154).

Chalk drawing, 266 x 203mm, by Arthur Hacker, head-and-shoulders, near profile to left; priv. coll.; image in NPG SB (Ford).

Design by Frank Craig, for ‘Prize-giving at Royal Academy Schools’, thumbnail sketch, head-and-shoulders profile to front, inscr. with name; repr as an engr. The Graphic, 14 December 1895, p.735.

Crayon and paint drawing by Sydney Prior Hall; see NPG 4404.

Watercolour with scratching out, 180 x 120mm, by Hubert von Herkomer, inscr. ‘To my friend / Onslow Ford / HH95’, head-and-shoulders to right; untraced. Exh. RSPP 1898 (26). See Mansel Lewis & Hubert Herkomer: Wales – England – Bavaria, exh. cat., Neues Stadtmuseum Landsberg-am-Lech, 2000, p.105 n.110. Repr. Christie’s, 20 Jan. 2010 (201). According to The Times’s critic (24 Oct. 1898, p.7), this is an example of ‘those small water-colour heads in which Mr Herkomer shows himself at his best’. See Ford’s portrait of Herkomer (NPG 2461).

exh. 1898
Oil on canvas by Richard Onslow Ford; untraced. Exh. RA 1898 (692).

exh. 1899
Oil on canvas by Wolfram Onslow Ford, three-quarter-length, half-profile to left, seated in studio, holding reproduction of Arnolfini Wedding by Jan van Eyck, sculptural casts in background; untraced. Exh. RA 1899 (409); repr. AJ, 1899, p.176; and Cassell’s RA Pictures 1899, p.117.

after 1895
Oil on canvas by Charles Holroyd, head-and-shoulders, profile to right, wearing white collar and black cravat, rest unfinished; coll. AWG, London. Repr. Massé 1935, pl.4.

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Oil on canvas by James M. Swan, head only, unfinished; coll. City of Bradford Cartwright Hall. Exh. Japan-British Exhibition, London, 1910. Described by Armstrong (1912a) as ‘The best portrait of Onslow Ford’.

Doubtful portraitback to top

Oil on canvas by Hamilton Borrable, three-quarter-length, in Renaissance costume; untraced; offered to NPG 1913.

Posthumous portraitback to top

Bronze medallion by Andrea Carlo Lucchesi, head-and-shoulders, profile to left; on memorial at junction of Grove End and Abbey Roads, St John’s Wood, London.

Photographsback to top

Photograph by unidentified photographer, on election as ARA, head-and-shoulders, full-face, with beard and horizontal moustache, wearing loose bow tie. Repr. ILN, 5 May 1888, p.478.

Albumen cabinet print, 140 x 113mm, by Elliott & Fry, with sitter’s autograph, half-length, near-profile to right, with very short hair, thinning in front, prominent moustache and goatee, wearing elaborately knotted tie with pattern of circles; NPG x13996.

Photograph by Elliott & Fry, quarter length, profile to left, showing bald patch, wearing dark jacket with satin trim and loose bow tie. Repr. The Year’s Art 1889, facing p.193; (as thumbnail sketch head only) ‘The Pictures of 1892’, Pall Mall Gazette ‘Extra’, no.62, 2 May 1892, p.16.

Albumen cabinet print, 160 x 100mm, by Done & Ball, inscr. ‘Onslow Ford A.R.A’, quarter-length, half-profile to right, with short cropped hair, moustache and goatee, wearing large loose-knotted cravat, dark suit with satin trim; NPG x13995, RIBA gift 1940.

Photograph by Maj. J.F. Nott, whole-length, standing, wearing overcoat and hat as in NPG 2385 (see ‘By other artists, c.1890’ above), modelling small figure of camel on turntable, with camel and zookeeper. Repr. Graphic, 24 May 1890, p.582.

Photograph by Elliott & Fry, head-and-shoulders, profile to left, with long crewcut, wearing dark jacket, loose patterned tie. Repr. MA, Sept. 1895, p.435.

publ. 1892
Platinum print, 198 x 148mm (image size), by Ralph Winwood Robinson, whole-length, standing in studio with plaster figures Folly and General Gordon in background; NPG x7364. Repr. Robinson [1892]; ILN, 3 Aug. 1895, p.132; Graphic, 3 Aug. 1895, p.138; Maas 1984, p.205; and Rosenblum, Stevens & Dumas 2000, p.385; exh. Victorian Art World in Photographs, NPG, London, 1984.

publ. 1893
Photograph by Walery [Stanislas Julian, Count Ostrorog], three-quarter-length, standing to front, holding cigarette. Repr. Walery 1888–96, vol.5, issue no.50 (Mar. 1893).

Carbon print, 227 x 315mm, by Fradelle & Young, in multi-figure group at a banquet in honour of Lawrence Alma-Tadema at the Whitehall Rooms, London, 4 Nov. 1899 (presence confirmed on sheet of over 100 signatures); NPG x19022. Repr. MA, 1900, p.137 (with signatures insert); and Swanson 1990, p.85.
See also Alma-Tadema, Boughton, Brock, Clausen, J. Collier, Crane, East, Frampton, Gregory, Hacker, Lucas, Parsons, Sant, Solomon, Spielmann, W.H. Thornycroft, J.W. Waterhouse, A. Webb.

Photograph by [?James] Russell, head-and-shoulders, profile to left, with crewcut hair and goatee beard, wearing dark floppy cravat with spot pattern. Repr. ILN, 4 Jan. 1902, p.17.

Undated photograph

Photograph by unidentified photographer, quarter-length, near-profile to left, with horizontal moustache and goatee, wearing pale-coloured coat and jacket and large looped dark tie; coll. AWG, London.

Dr Jan Marsh