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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (1801-1885), Philanthropist, social reformer and Conservative politician; MP for Woodstock, Dorchester, Dorset and Bath

A painting attributed to Sir F. Grant is in the collection of the Department of the Environment (not recorded in Grant's 'Sitters Book'); a painting by T. Rodwell is in the collection of Earl Mountbatten; a painting by F. Havill was sketched and recorded by G. Scharf, 1888, Sir George Scharf's Trustees' Sketch Books, XXXV, 3; a painting by Sir J. E. Millais of 1877 is owned by the British and Foreign Bible Society, London, exhibited RA, 1878 (242), Winter Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, 1886 (72), VE, 1892 (129), and Old Masters, RA, 1898 (64), reproduced J. G. Millais, Life and Letters of Sir J. E. Millais (1899), II, 85, engraved by R. Josey, published H. Graves, 1878 (example in NPG); a painting called Shaftesbury by an unknown artist was in the collection of Hugh Cameron, Boston, USA, 1958; a painting by M. Stewart was exhibited Victorian Era Exhibition, 1897, 'Historical Section' (5), lent by the French Reformed Evangelical Church, Bayswater; a painting by an unknown artist was at Crichel, Dorset, 1938 a drawing by G. Richmond is recorded in his 'Account Book' (photostat copy of original MS, NPG archives), p 72, under 1861, probably the drawing exhibited RA, 1863 (798), engraved by H. Robinson, published J. Hogarth (example in NPG); caricature drawings by J. Doyle are in the British Museum; a miniature by Mrs J. Robertson was exhibited RA, 1831 (817); marble and plaster busts by W. Merrett were in the Guildhall Art Gallery, London (the marble destroyed 1940); busts by J. Adams-Acton and R. C. Belt were exhibited RA, 1886 (1868), and 1884 (1708); a marble bust by M. Noble of 1859 is in the church at Wimborne St Giles, Dorset, presumably the bust exhibited RA, 1859 (1327), reproduced as a woodcut ILN, XXXV (1859), 178, which was presented to Lady Shaftesbury; an engraving by W. J. Edwards, after F. Sandys, was published H. Graves, 1855 (example in NPG); an engraving by H. Robinson, after Sir W. C. Ross, was published G. Virtue (example in NPG); there is an engraving by F. C. Lewis, after J. Slater (example in NPG), for the 'Grillions Club' series; woodcuts were published ILN, I (1842), 173, and IV (1844), 197; a caricature by Ape (C. Pellegrini) was published Vanity Fair, 13 November 1869, 'Statesmen, no.35'; there are several photographs, reproductions of photographs, popular engravings and lithographs in the NPG.


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.