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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

John Henry Newman (1801-1890), Cardinal and theologian

One of the great spiritual leaders of the age; the chief founder of the Oxford Movement; converted to Roman Catholicism, 1845 thereafter, through his writings and personal magnetism, exercised a profound influence in spiritual and religious matters.

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.