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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

John Collier (1850-1934), Portrait painter and writer on art

Self-portraits
By other artists
Undated portrait
Photographs
Undated photographs

Self-portraitsback to top


1875
Oil on canvas, head-and-shoulders, given to Walter Pollock; untraced; ref. in John Collier Sitters Book 1879–1934, copy NPG Archive.

1879
Oil on canvas, head-and-shoulders, given to Lawrence Alma-Tadema; untraced; ref. in John Collier Sitters Book 1879–1934, copy NPG Archive.

1885
Oil on canvas, head-and-shoulders (‘head of myself’); untraced; ref. in John Collier Sitters Book 1879–1934, copy NPG Archive.

1890
Oil on canvas, 240 x 200mm, half-length; untraced; ref. in John Collier Sitters Book 1879–1934, copy NPG Archive. Probably exh. RSPP 1893 (12).

1895
Oil on canvas, 200 x 160mm, head-and-shoulders; untraced; ref. in John Collier Sitters Book 1879–1934, copy NPG Archive. Probably exh. RSPP 1895 (40).

1907
Oil on canvas, 610 x 590mm, signed and dated, quarter-length, full-face, wearing pince-nez and wing collar; Uffizi, Florence, 3389. Exh. Firenze e l’Inghilterra, Pitti Palace, Florence, 1971 (76); repr. Chiarini 1979, no.A237.

1928
Oil on canvas 890 x 650mm, half-length to front, wearing brown suit, right hand resting trompe l’oeil on picture frame; Plymouth CAG, PLYMG.1935.8; ref. in John Collier Sitters Book 1879–1934, copy NPG Archive. Exh. RSPP 1928 (75); repr. Daily Mail, 5 Nov. 1928.


By other artistsback to top



1883
Oil on canvas by Marion Collier; see NPG 6811.

1891
Black chalk drawing, 467 x 292mm, by (William) Walker Hodgson, signed and dated 9 Nov. 1891, half-length, seated, looking to left, wearing pince-nez; untraced. Exh. A Fraternity of Artists, Christopher Wood G., 1984 (55); Phillips, 6 Oct. 1986 (102). See NPG collection 4041(1–5). Offered to NPG in 1934, 1957, 1987 and 1991: see NPG NoA (W.W. Hodgson).

1895
Pencil and chalk drawing by Sydney Prior Hall; see NPG 4390.

c.1895
Crayon and paint drawing by Sydney Prior Hall: NPG 4404.


Undated portraitback to top


Pencil and black chalk drawing, 235 x 135mm, by Robert Ponsonby Staples; untraced; ref. Phillips, 23 Feb. 1997 (39).


Photographsback to top


Other photographs in family possession.

early 1890s
Two prints by Maull & Fox:
(a) half-length, to front, wearing pince-nez, arms crossed; repr. (cropped) The Year’s Art 1893, facing p.44; and AJ, 1894, p.65.
(b) head-and-shoulders, to front, wearing pince-nez; repr. (as vignette) ‘AR copyright’, The Year’s Art 1902, facing p.16.

c.1894
Platinum print, 151 x 207mm, by Ernest Herbert Mills, Hampstead, whole-length, standing, holding brushes and palette in studio (at North House, Eton Avenue, sitter’s home from 1891) beside oil painting of woman with peacock-feather fan; marked up for repr. in Homes and Gardens; NPG x128268.

1899
Carbon print, 227 x 315mm, by Fradelle & Young, half-length, standing in background, in multi figure group at a banquet in honour of Lawrence Alma-Tadema at the Whitehall Rooms, London, 4 Nov. 1899 (presence confirmed on sheet of over 100 signatures); NPG x19022. Repr. MA, 1900, p.137 (with signatures insert); and Swanson 1990, p.85.
See also Alma-Tadema, Boughton, Brock, Clausen, Crane, East, E.O. Ford, Frampton, Gregory, Hacker, Lucas, Parsons, Sant, Solomon, Spielmann, W.H. Thornycroft, J.W. Waterhouse, A. Webb.

1904
Photograph by Frederic G. Hodsoll, whole-length, standing in studio by full-length female portrait; repr. Tatler, 20 Apr. 1904, p.103.

publ. 1912
Photograph by unidentified photographer, three-quarter-length, standing holding palette in front of painting of full-length female figure; repr. Bystander, 1 May 1912, p.224.

1915
Bromide print, 148 x 105mm, by James Russell & Son, for NPR (vol.1, p.56B), head-and-shoulders, looking left, wearing wing collar and loose-knotted dark tie; NPG Ax39219.

1920s?
Photograph by unidentified photographer, half-length to front, seated holding palette, wearing pin-striped suit; repr. Yorkshire Post, 12 Apr. 1934.

1931
Bromide print, 246 x 195mm, by London News Agency, dated ‘19.2.1931’, half-length, seated, profile to left, holding cane in left hand, in front of his portrait of George Bernard Shaw (1926–7); NPG x12401.


Undated photographsback to top


Print, 237 x 187mm, by unidentified photographer, whole-length, standing holding palette and brushes beside his portrait of the Prince of Wales (Edward VIII/Duke of Windsor); The Rob Dickins Coll., Watts G., Compton, COMWG2008.3732.

Photograph by unidentified photographer, three-quarter-length, standing holding palette in front of easel with female portrait, other portraits on wall behind; image in NPG SB (Collier).

Dr Jan Marsh