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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir James Stephen (1789-1859), Historian and colonial under-secretary

Colonial under-secretary; barrister, 1811; counsel to colonial office, 1813; accepted permanent post, 1825; prepared anti-slavery bill, 1833; wrote for Edinburgh Review from 1838; resigned office, appointed KCB and privy councillor, 1847; professor of modern history, Cambridge, 1849-59; published essays and lectures.

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.