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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), Naturalist, comparative anatomist and palaeontologist

A painting by W. Holman Hunt of 1881 is in the British Museum of Natural History, exhibited Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, 1881 (44), reproduced W. H. Hunt, Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (1905), II, facing 96; a painting by W. H. Gilbert (as an old man) is in the Lancaster Museum and Art Gallery (Storey Institute); a painting by H. J. Thaddeus (as an old man) is in the Town Hall, Lancaster; two paintings by unknown artists (one as a young man) are in the Lancaster Museum and Art Gallery; a painting by an unknown artist is in a private collection, exhibited Cumbrian Characters, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, 1968 (65); paintings by J. G. Middleton and G. T. Doo were exhibited RA, 1838(69), and 1855 (399); a pastel by C. Hopley is in the Royal College of Surgeons, exhibited RA, 1869 (902), and so is a water-colour of 1848 attributed to W. Etty (see entry for NPG 938), reproduced W. Le Fanu, A Catalogue of the Portraits ... in the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1960), plate 44; a water-colour by E. Griset of c.1873 is in the Victoria and Albert Museum; a drawing by R. Lehmann of 1890 is in the British Museum, reproduced R. Lehmann, Men and Women of the Century (1896), no.57; a drawing by L. Sambourne (with Professor Huxley) was exhibited Victorian Era Exhibition, 1897, 'Historical Section' (316); a caricature by F. Waddy was published in his Cartoon Portraits and Biographical Sketches of the Men of the Day (1873), p 36; a lithograph by T. H. Maguire of 1850 was published G. Ransome, 1852 (example in NPG), for 'Ipswich Museum Portraits'; a woodcut 'The Meeting of the British Association' was published ILN, IX (1846), 184; a marble bust by E. H. Baily, formerly in the Royal College of Surgeons, was destroyed in 1941, exhibited RA, 1846 (1516), reproduced Sir A. Keith, Illustrated Guide to the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons (1910), p 6; a plaster bust by W. H. Thornycroft of 1880 is in the Royal College of Surgeons, reproduced Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, I (1947), 112, presumably related to the marble bust exhibited RA, 1881 (1487); a bronze bust by A. Gilbert of 1895 is also in the Royal College of Surgeons, exhibited RA, 1896 (1885), reproduced W. LeFanu, plate 33, and another cast is in the British Museum of Natural History; a marble bust by C. Summers was exhibited RA, 1871 (1186), and a bust by M. Wagmuller, RA, 1872 (1545); a bronze statue by Sir T. Brock is in the British Museum of Natural History, model exhibited RA, 1895 (1622), reproduced Cassell's Royal Academy Pictures (1895), p 129; a stone bust by an unknown artist (inscription indecipherable) is in the Lancaster Museum and Art Gallery (Storey Institute); there is an engraving by H. T. J. Thaddeus of 1889 (unrelated to the painting by Thaddeus listed above) (example in NPG); a cutting, from an unidentified magazine, referring to this engraving, and reproducing a sketch of 1891 by Thaddeus of Owen signing the proofs, is in the Wellcome Historical Museum, London; there is an engraving by C. H. Jeens, after a photograph, and one by D. J. Pound, after a photograph by J. Watkins (examples in NPG); there are several photographs of Owen in the NPG, and others are reproduced ILN, LX (1872), 117, as a woodcut, Das Neunzehnte Jahrhundert in Bildnissen (Berlin, 1901), V, 554, and Rev R. Owen, I, facing 319, II, frontispiece, and facing 232.


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.