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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Wright (1789-1875), Prison philanthropist

A painting by Sir J. Watson Gordon of 1853 is in the boardroom, HM Prison, Manchester; a painting of Wright 'Visiting a Condemned Prisoner' by Major C. Mercier is in the Guildhall Art Gallery, London; another painting of Wright by Mercier was in the Museum and Art Gallery, Salford (now destroyed); there are various woodcuts, after photographs, in the NPG, and another was published ILN, LXVI (1875), 456.

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.