The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt (1792-1871), Mathematician and astronomer; son of William Herschel

A painting by C. A. Jensen is in the Royal Society, London; a drawing by G. F. Watts of c.1857 is mentioned in [Mrs] M. S. Watts, George Frederic Watts (1912), I, 203; photographs of this drawing were sold at Sotheby's, 4 March 1958 (lot 356); a miniature by an unknown artist, after Abbot, was exhibited Special Exhibition of Portrait Miniatures, South Kensington Museum, 1865 (728), lent by Sir T. W. Holburne, Bart; a plaster medallion by W. Tassie is in the Scottish NPG; there is an engraving by F. Croll, after a daguerreotype by Mayall (example in NPG), for Hogg's Instructor; woodcuts were published ILN, VI (1845), 404 (after a drawing by Landells), IX (1846), 184 (with others), and LVIII (1871), 513 (after a photograph by S. Walker); there are at least two photographs by Mrs J. M. Cameron (example of one in NPG, reproduced H. Gernsheim, Julia Margaret Cameron (1948), plate 51).


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.