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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

(John) Sims Reeves (1818-1900), Singer

Popular prints are listed in L. A. Hall, Catalogue of Dramatic Portraits in the Theatre Collection of the Harvard College Library, III (Cambridge, Mass, 1932), 400-1 (some examples in NPG and British Museum); a lithograph by C. Baugniet of 1850, an engraving by A. Crowquill, two photographs (of 1858 and 68), and a drawing of Reeves and his musical companions in 1892 by L. Calkin for the Sphere, are reproduced C. E. Pearce, Sims Reeves (1924), frontispiece, and facing pp 142, 204, 252 and 294; a water-colour by Spy (Sir L. Ward) was in the Victorian Era Exhibition, 1897, 'Drama and Music Section, Historical Sub-Division' (159), reproduced as a coloured lithograph in Vanity Fair, 10 May 1890; a bronze bust by E. W. Wyon is in the collection of E. F. Croft-Murray; there are two caricature lithographs in the NPG, one for the Hornet of 1871; there are also several photographs in the NPG; woodcuts after photographs were published ILN, XXXI (1857), 128, XCVIII (1891), 633, and CIII (1893), 344.


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.