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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, poet and philologist

A painting by G. Richmond was sold from the Wilberforce collection, Christie's, 14 July 1939 (lot 22), listed in the artist's 'Account Book' (photostat of original MS, NPG archives), p 68, under 1858, exhibited RA, 1859 (510), reproduced Richard Chenevix Trench Archbishop: Letters and Memorials, edited Maria Trench (1888), I, frontispiece; it was presented to Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford, in 1861, and so inscribed on the picture, as a marriage fee for marrying Richmond's eldest daughter; it was engraved by J. R. Jackson, published Colnaghi and Scott, 1863 (example in NPG), but with a different ecclesiastical medal (Trench was translated from the Deanery of Westminster to the Archbishopric of Dublin in 1863); an early proof of the engraving, before lettering (example in NPG), shows the same medal as in the painting; two related drawings by G. Richmond, both signed and dated 1859, are in the See House, and the Synod Hall, Dublin, the former reproduced T. R. F. Cooke-Trench, A Memoir of the Trench Family (privately printed, 1897), facing p 120, and J. Bromley, The Man of Ten Talents (1959), frontispiece, exhibited Church Disestablishment, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, 1970 (109); one of these is probably the drawing listed in Richmond's 'Account Book', p 68, under 1858.
There is a reproduction of a painting by F. Holl in the NPG; a painting by Sir T. A. Jones is in the collection of the Archbishop of Dublin, exhibited Royal Hibernian Academy, 1874, and Irish Exhibition, London, 1888 (992), sketched by G. Scharf, Sir George Scharf's Trustees' Sketch Books (NPG archives), XXXIV, 40; a painting by an unknown artist is in the Deanery, Westminster Abbey; a drawing by T. Bridgford is at Alexandra College, Dublin, exhibited Royal Hibernian Academy, 1873; a bust by J. Watkins was exhibited RA, 1868 (1000); there are several engravings, woodcuts and photographs 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.