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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Charles West Cope (1811-1890), History painter

Self-portraits
By other artists
Photographs

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1876
Oil on canvas, 1452 x 2201mm, The Council of the Royal Academy Selecting Pictures for the Exhibition, 1875, head-and-shoulders, half-profile to left, standing with other RAs, scrutinizing a picture held up by group at right; RA, London, 03/1288. Exh. RA 1876 (160); repr. as sketch in Blackburn’s Academy Notes, 1876, p.19; and as wood-engr. after Cope, 122 x 192mm, repr. as book illustration, with key to the principal sitters pasted on the verso, c.1876; copy BM, London, 1895,0617.742.
There is a parody sketch after this picture by Harry Furniss; untraced. Repr. Furniss 1890b, p.51.
See also Armitage, Calderon, Faed, Horsley, Leighton, Millais.
The composition bears a remarkable resemblance to the etching by H. Woods of the same subject (Graphic, 4 May 1870, pp.450–51) and, although details and the figures depicted vary, was perhaps inspired by it.

1879
Oil on canvas; see NPG 5321.


By other artistsback to top


c.1840s
Watercolour drawing, 252 x 343mm, by Richard Redgrave, whole-length, seated, sketching; V&A, London, 210-1889. Ref. Victoria and Albert 1927, p.436 (where titled ‘Interior of a Cottage, with Figures, North Wales’ and annotated ‘The figure seated and sketching is C.W. Cope, RA’); and Lambourne & Hamilton 1980, p.309 (not ill.).

publ. 1875
Design by (Edward) Linley Sambourne for Academicians and Outsiders – A Battle-piece., whole-length with oversized head, in middle row of defending Academicians; untraced. Repr. Punch, 26 June 1875, p.278.
See also Alma-Tadema, Ansdell, Boughton, Butler, Calderon, Du Maurier, Frith, Herkomer, Horsley, Leighton, Marks, Millais, Orchardson, Sant.

1878–9
Terracotta bust by W. Tyler; untraced. Exh. RA 1879 (1571).

publ. 1879
Design by (Edward) Linley Sambourne for Royal Academy Canvas-backs: or, A High (Art) Tide., head attached to body of a duck, profile to left, at the base of the first ‘wave’ of RAs; untraced. Repr. Punch, 12 July 1879, p.6; McMaster 2008, p.69, fig.15; and McMaster 2009, p.38, fig.22.
See also Alma-Tadema, Ansdell, Armitage, Boughton, Butler, Calderon, Du Maurier, Fildes, Goodall, Herkomer, Holl, Horsley, Leighton, Marks, Millais, Orchardson, Poynter, Prinsep, Sant, Watts.

c.1879
Probable miniature by Henry Tanworth Wells; untraced. Exh. RA 1880 (1447).

1881
Pen and ink drawing, 306 x 444mm, by (Edward) Linley Sambourne for Royal Academy Banquet at Burlington House., a comic take on William Salter’s The Waterloo Banquet, signed and dated Apr. 1881, head-and-shoulders, profile to right, fourth from the left of the bottom row of RAs; Aberdeen AG, ABDAG003898. Repr. Punch, 7 May 1881, p.206; Gould 2004, p.154, fig.122; McMaster 2008, p.70, fig.18; McMaster 2009, p.42, fig.25; and Ormond 2010, p.83, fig.30.
See also Alma-Tadema, Ansdell, Armitage, Barlow, Boehm, Boughton, Calderon, Faed, Fildes, Frith, Goodall, Herkomer, Hodgson, Holl, Horsley, Leighton, Marks, Millais, Orchardson, Pearson, Pettie, Pickersgill, Poynter, Prinsep, Sant, Thornycroft, Watts, Woolner, Yeames.

1882
Pen and ink drawing, 317 x 419mm, by (Edward) Linley Sambourne for Saturday Review of the Royal Academy.– The March Past., signed and dated Apr. 1882, half-length, profile to left, standing second from left in the front row of Academy ‘troops’; coll. Juliet McMaster. Engr. by Swain repr. Punch, 6 May 1882, p.206; McMaster 2008, p.71, fig.20; and McMaster 2009, p.46, fig.27.
See also Alma-Tadema, Ansdell, Boehm, Boughton, Calderon, Faed, Fildes, Frith, Goodall, Herkomer, Hodgson, Holl, Horsley, Leighton, Marks, Millais, Orchardson, Pettie, Pickersgill, Poynter, Prinsep, Sant, Watts, Woolner.

1883
Drawing by (Edward) Linley Sambourne for Royal Academy May-Pole Dance., signed and dated Apr. 1883, head only, profile to right, dancing with others at the bottom of the maypole; untraced. Engr. by Swain repr. Punch, 12 May 1883, p.218; McMaster 2008, p.72, fig.26; and McMaster 2009, p.56, fig.33.
See also Alma-Tadema, Ansdell, Boehm, Boughton, Calderon, Faed, Fildes, Frith, Goodall, Herkomer, Hodgson, Holl, Horsley, Leighton, Marks, Millais, Orchardson, Pettie, Pickersgill, Poynter, Prinsep, Sant, Watts, Woolner, Yeames

1884
Oil on canvas, 398 x 295mm oval, by Arthur Stockdale Cope, head-and-shoulders, profile to left, white beard, wearing black cap and dark suit; Aberdeen AG, ABDAG003264.

publ. 1889
Small sketch by unidentified artist for The distribution of prizes, by Sir Frederick Leighton, to the successful students of the Royal Academy schools, half-length, almost profile to right, third from left on front row of main figures; untraced. Engr. repr. Graphic, 18 Dec. 1889, p.227.
See also Calderon, Horsley, Leighton, Marks, Sant, Yeames.


Undated portrait

Etching by Joseph Simpson; untraced; ref. Phillips print sale, 4/5 May 1982 (230).


Photographsback to top



c.1857
Albumen print, 150 x 120mm, by William Lake Price, three-quarter-length, with fringe beard and bald head, wearing frock coat, standing in photographic studio with curtain and drawing board; The Rob Dickins Coll., Watts G., Compton, COMWG2008.4320. Repr. Maas 1984, no.9.

c.1860
Carte-de-visite, 89 x 57mm, by unidentified photographer, head-and-shoulders to front, wearing overcoat, jacket and loose-knotted tie; The Rob Dickins Coll., Watts G., Compton, COMWG2008.1973.

Albumen carte-de-visite, 84 x 55mm, by Maull & Polyblank, whole-length, seated to right, legs crossed, left arm leaning on table; NPG Ax14831.

c.1865
Prints by John & Charles Watkins, three known poses:
(a) albumen carte-de-visite, 85 x 55mm, three-quarter-length, seated to right in photographic studio; NPG Ax7575.
(b) carte-de-visite, 101 x 63mm, head-and-shoulders vignette, looking right, right hand to chin; The Rob Dickins Coll., Watts G., Compton, COMWG2008.35.
(c) probably from same sitting, head-and-shoulders to front; repr.

mid-1860s
Albumen cartes-de-visite by Elliott & Fry, two known poses:
(a) 92 x 61mm, half-length, half-profile to right; NPG x46578.
(b) 94 x 60mm, head-and-shoulders vignette, facing slightly more to front; colls NPG Ax28922; and The Rob Dickins Coll., Watts G., Compton, COMWG2008.1880.

late 1860s
Carte-de-visite, 89 x 57mm, by Charles Watkins, head-and-shoulders vignette, profile to right, tie stud; The Rob Dickins Coll., Watts G., Compton, COMWG2008.1366 and COMWG2008.4370.

publ. 1891
Photograph by Done & Ball, head-and-shoulders, half-profile to right, white beard, wearing greatcoat over collar and cravat; The Rob Dickins Coll., Watts G., Compton, COMWG2008.930. Repr. Cope 1891, frontispiece.

Dr Jan Marsh