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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (née Stevenson) (1810-1865), Novelist, short-story writer and biographer of Charlotte Brontë

A painting by S. Laurence of c.1864 is reproduced A. B. Hopkins, Elizabeth Gaskell: her Life and Work (1952), facing p 320; a related drawing by S. Laurence of 1864 is in the collection of Mrs Trevor Jones, reproduced W. Gérin, Charlotte Brontë (1967), facing p 360, where misdated 1854; a second drawing by Laurence is in the collection of Frank Miles; a miniature by W. J. Thomson of Edinburgh of 1832 is in the Library of the University of Manchester, reproduced Hopkins, facing p 48; a plaster bust by D. Dunbar of 1831 was in the City Art Gallery, Manchester (at present untraced), reproduced Bookman, XXXVIII (1910), 244, and another cast is on the Mrs Gaskell Memorial Tower at Knutsford; a marble copy by Sir W. H. Thornycroft of 1895 is also in the Library of Manchester University, reproduced Hopkins, facing p 49; a posthumous bronze plaque by Cavaliere A. D'Orsi is on the Mrs Gaskell Memorial Tower, reproduced Bookman, XXXVIII (1910), 249; there is a photograph by A. McGlashan of Edinburgh (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.