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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

James Martineau (1805-1900), Unitarian minister and writer

There is a painting by C. Agar of 1846 at Manchester College, Oxford, engraved by J. Stephenson, published Stephenson and Agar, Manchester, 1847 (example in NPG), the engraving reproduced A. W. Jackson, James Martineau (1900), frontispiece; also at the College are a bust by an unknown artist of c.1845, a drawing by Mrs H. Allingham of 1891, and a silhouette of 1813; a painting by A. E. Emslie of 1888 was exhibited RA, 1889 (1227), reproduced J. E. Carpenter, James Martineau (1905), frontispiece, and the same or a different painting was in the First Annual Exhibition, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, 1891 (6); a painting by an unknown artist was reproduced Christian Life, 29 April 1905, p 197; Martineau appears in a fresco by E. Armitage at the Doctor William's Library, London, for which there is a pencil study of 1870 in the same collection; a drawing by S. Laurence was sold at Christie's, 22 November 1912 (lot 10), bought W. T. Spencer, sketch in NPG sale catalogue; there is a reproduction of a drawing by T. Wirgman of 1895 in the NPG, from an unidentified magazine; a terra-cotta bust by E. R. Mullins of 1877 is in the Doctor William's Library, London, exhibited RA, 1878 (1532), and the same or a different bust was in the Fifteenth Annual Exhibition, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, 1905 (273); in the same collection is a bust by P. Pieraccini; a memorial, with a relief bust of Martineau, is at Rochdale; an anonymous lithograph was published Cassell, Petter and Galpin (example in NPG); there is a photograph in the NPG, and several reproductions of others.


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.