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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), Social philosopher and writer

A painting by S. S. Osgood of 1835 (executed in America) is in the collection of the Rev C. L. Martineau, exhibited RA, 1836 (555), and VE, 1892 (229); another picture said to be by Charles Osgood is in the Essex Institute, Salem, Mass, reproduced U. Pope-Hennessy, Three English Women in America (1929), facing p 282; a statue by Anne Whitney of 1882 (destroyed 1914) is reproduced V. Wheatley, The Life and Work of Harriet Martineau (1957), facing p 368; a plaster cast of the head by Anne Whitney is in the collection of Mrs Wilson Payne, reproduced Art Quarterly, XXV (1962), 256; a death mask and cast of a hand are in the Armitt Library, Ambleside, reproduced Wheatley, facing p 384, the latter exhibited Cumbrian Characters, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, 1968 (63b); another plaster cast sent to Florence is now unlocated; an engraving by D. Maclise was published Fraser's Magazine, VIII (1833), facing 576, as no. 42 of Maclise's 'Gallery of Illustrious Literary Characters'; a pencil study for this is in the Victoria and Albert Museum; another drawing by Maclise was in the Drake Sale, Christie's, 24 May 1892 (lot 206); an engraving of c.1835 is reproduced R. K. Webb, Harriet Martineau: a Radical Victorian (1960), frontispiece; an engraving by E. Finden, after a miniature by Miss M. Gillies, was published Colnaghi, 1833 (example in NPG); a similar engraving, after Miss Gillies, by J. C. Armytage was published for Home's New Spirit of the Age (1844); a photograph by M. Bowness of Ambleside is in the NPG (plate 604), reproduced Wheatley, facing p 368, and there is woodcut after the same photograph from an unidentified magazine (cutting in NPG); an unspecified portrait was exhibited Victorian Era Exhibition, 1897, 'Women's Work Section' (23).


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.