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

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (1803-1873), Novellist, playwright and Conservative politician; MP for St Ives, Lincoln and Hertfordshire

This does not include photographs, of which there are several examples in the NPG, as well as woodcuts after photographs.

As a child
Anonymous engraving, after a painting, published O. Meredith, Life, Letters and Literary Remains of Edward Buliver, Lord Lytton (1883), I, frontispiece.

As a youth
Painting by T. M. von Holst. Collection of David Cobbold, Knebworth.

Water-colour by A. E. Chalon. Knebworth.
Engraved by H. Cook, published Longman (example in NPG).

Drawing by R. M. Sully. Reproduced Earl of Lytton, Life of Edward Bulwer, first Lord Lytton (1913), I, facing 254.

Engraving by J. Thomson, after a drawing by F. R. Say, published Colburn & Bentley, 1831 (example in NPG), for the New Monthly Magazine; anonymous engraving, after the same drawing, published Colburn, 1835 (example in NPG).

Painting by H. W. Pickersgill (NPG 1277).

'The Reform Banquet, 1832' by B. R. Haydon. Collection of Lady Mary Howick, Howick.
Etched by F. Bromley, published J. C. Bromley, 1835 (example in NPG); engraved and published J. C. Bromley, 1837 (example in British Museum).

Engraving by D. Maclise, published Fraser's Magazine, VI (August 1832), facing 112, as no. 27 of Maclise's 'Gallery of Illustrious Literary Characters'.

Drawing by Count A. D'Orsay. Sotheby's, 13 February 1950 (lot 216), bought Colnaghi.
Lithographed by R. J. Lane, published J. Mitchell (example in NPG); reproduced as a woodcut ILN, IX (1846), 380.

Drawing by J. Doyle (with Disraeli). British Museum.
Lithographed by A. Ducôte, published T. McLean, 1839 (example in NPG).

Lithograph (with Count A. D'Orsay and Lady Blessington) by Sir E. Landseer (examples in Royal Collection, and collection of the Duke of Buccleuch).

Drawing by R. J. Lane. Listed in Lane's 'Account Books' (NPG archives), III, 7.
Engraved by G. Cook, published R. Bentley, 1848 (example in NPG). Two other drawings are listed by Lane under 1850 and 1851, the latter executed at Knebworth. One of these was engraved by H. Robinson, published Hall and Virtue (example in British Museum).

Bronze bust by C. F. Bacon. Collection of H. G. Daniel, 1938.

Painting by D. Maclise. Knebworth.
Exhibited RA, 1851 (238), VE, 1892 (122), and Daniel Maclise, Arts Council at the NPG, 1972 (62). Engraved by R. Young (detail), published Chapman & Hall, 1852 (example in NPG). Reproduced as a woodcut (detail) ILN, XXIX (1856), 562. Copies: Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and Hughenden Manor. A related pencil drawing is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Library, sketchbook F48 F59, 61).

Painting by E. M. Ward (in his study). Knebworth.
Exhibited British Portraits, RA, 1956-7 (389). This is one of a series of portraits of writers in their studies, and was purchased at the artist's sale, Christie's, 29 March 1879 (lot 83), where dated 1854 (the picture, however, is signed and dated 1851). Three drawings of Lytton by Ward of 1869 are also at Knebworth, one from life, two from memory; one of these is reproduced Mrs E. M. Ward, Memories of Ninety Years (n.d.), facing p 146.

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

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

'The Intellect and Valour of Great Britain', engraving by C. G. Lewis, after T. J. Barker, published
J. G. Browne, Leicester, 1864 (example in NPG); key-plate published Browne, 1864 (example in British Museum).

Caricature by Ape (C. Pellegrini), published Vanity Fair (29 October 1870), 'Statesmen', no. 67.

Water-colour by Sir L. Ward and T. Macquoid (standing in the great hall at Knebworth, the figure of Lytton by Ward). Knebworth. See Art Journal (1873), p 88.

Cartoon by F. Waddy, published Waddy's Men of the Day (1873), facing p 1.

Painting by an unknown artist (probably after a photograph). Howes Bookshop, 1965.

Painting by Valentini (in mediaeval costume, with Lady Blessington and Disraeli). Lady Blessington's Sale, Phillips, 7-26 May 1849 (lot 1063).

Painting attributed to G. F. Watts. Collection of Miss M. Haythorne, 1952.

Water-colour called Lytton attributed to A. E. Chalon (NPG 1099).

Drawing by M. B. Foster. Victoria and Albert Museum.

Parian-ware bust called Lytton by F. Léquine. Knebworth.

Bust by an unknown artist. The Albany, London.

Marble medallion by an unknown artist (inset into a mantlepiece). Knebworth.

Medallion by E. W. Wyon. Exhibited Society of Artists, Birmingham, 1838. Engraved for A. Collas and H. F. Chorley,Authors of England (1838), facing p 44.

Plaster cast of his hand. Knebworth.

Engraving by F. C. Lewis, after a bust by H. Burlowe, published Saunders and Otley (example in British Museum).

Anonymous engraving, after a photograph, an engraving by W. Roffe, and another by F. Croll (examples in NPG), the latter for Hoggs Instructor.

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.