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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay (1800-1859), Historian, poet and politician; MP for Calne, Leeds and Edinburgh

Historian; son of the philanthropist, Zachary Macaulay; barrister, 1826; became a mainstay of the Edinburgh Review; MP from 1830; member of the supreme council of India, 1834-8; secretary at war, 1839-41; published first part of famous History, 1848; one of the great English intellectual figures of the 19th century.


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.