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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Charles James Napier (1782-1853), Army officer and Conqueror of Sind

Engraving by W. H. Egleton, after a miniature of 1798, published J. Murray, 1857 (example in NPG), for General Sir W. Napier, The Life and Opinions of General James Napier (1857), I, frontispiece.

Miniature by Miss E. Jones. Exhibited RA, 1821 (798).
Other miniatures by the same artist were exhibited RA, 1835 (468), 1842 (920), and 1844 (814).

Painting by S. Gambardella. Wellington Museum, Apsley House, London. Sketched by G. Scharf, Sir George Scharf's Trustees' Sketch Books (NPG archives), IV, 29.

Water-colour by an unknown artist. Collection of Captain Cohn Broun-Lindsay, Colstoun (plate 658). Reproduced Private Letters of the Marquess of Dalhousie, edited J. G. A. Baird (1910), p 104.

Painting by a member of his staff. Formerly Royal United Service Museum, London.

Drawing by an unknown artist. Collection of Sir P. Cadell.
Reproduced R. Lawrence, Charles Napier, Friend and Fighter (1952), p 134.

Two woodcuts, after photographs by Kilburn, published ILN, XXIII (1853), 192. An engraving by T. W. Hunt, published Virtue, a lithograph by C. Baugniet, published Hering and Remington, 1849, and an engraving (in reverse, with differences) by T. W. Hunt (examples in NPG), are all after one of the photographs; the other was taken 'as he sat for his bust to Mr Wyon'; there is no further record of this bust.

Painting by E. Williams (NPG 1369).

Lithograph by R. J. Lane, after a sketch by Count Pierlas of 1848, published Ackermann, 1849 (example in NPG); an engraving by W. H. Egleton, after the same portrait, was published J. Murray, 1857 (example in NPG).

Lithograph by H. B. (John Doyle), published T. McLean, 1849 (example in NPG).
A study for this is in the British Museum, and so are other drawings of Napier by Doyle.

Drawing by an unknown artist. Collection of Sir P. CadelI.
Reproduced R. Lawrence, Charles Napier (1952), p 185.

Bust by P. Park. Exhibited RA, 1850 (1447).

Painting by G. Jones (NPG 333).

Painting by H. W. Pickersgill. Exhibited RA, 1852 (110).
Possibly the portrait in the Pickersgill Sale, Christie's, 17 July 1875 (lot 352).

Sketch in plaster for a statue by A. Brown. Exhibited RA, 1852 (1323).

Busts by G. G. Adams (see NPG 1198).

Bust by P. Park, executed for Napoleon III. See R. Gunnis, Dictionary of British Sculptors (1953), p 291.

Painting by E. Williams. Exhibited RA, 1853 (70), SKM, 1868 (543) and VE, 1892 (315), lent by Lady McMurdo. Engraved by G. J. Stodart, detail of engraving reproduced R. Lawrence, Charles Napier (1952), frontispiece. A copy by General A. Y. Shorn is in the East India and Sports Club.

Sketch for a colossal statue by E. H. Baily. Exhibited RA, 1855 (1555).

Bronze statue by G. G. Adams. Trafalgar Square, London.
Engraved by R. Artlett, published J. S. Virtue, 1858 (example in NPG), for the Art Journal.

Marble statue by G. G. Adams. St Paul's Cathedral, London.
Reproduced as a woodcut ILN, XXXVI (1860), 72. Misdated 1856 by R. Gunnis, Dictionary of British Sculptors (1953), p 14. This and the 186 statue differ in pose and details (see also NPG 1198).

Paintings attributed to Smart (see NPG 3964).

Painting by an unknown artist. Collection of Lord Aberdare. Exhibited Great Irishmen, Ulster Museum, 1965 (151).

Water-colour by L. Paget. Exhibited Victorian Era Exhibition, 1897, 'Fine Art Section' (662).

Water-colour by Lieutenant Edwards. Reproduced R. Lawrence, Charles Napier (1952), facing p 109.

Miniature by J. Holmes. Christie's, 28 October 1970 (lot 52), reproduced in sale catalogue.

Lithograph by C. Grant, after a painting by himself (example in India Office Library).
Reduced version published C. Grant, Lithographic Sketches of the Public Characters of Calcutta (Calcutta, c.1892), p 106 (copy in NPG library).

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.