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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

John Bird Sumner (1780-1862), Archbishop of Canterbury

A painting by E. U. Eddis is at Lambeth Palace, exhibited RA, 1851 (7), reproduced Portraits of the Archbishops of Canterbury, edited G. M. Bevan (1908), facing p 25; another painting by Eddis of 1853 is at King's College, Cambridge, exhibited VE, 1892 (43), and Victorian Era Exhibition, 1897, 'Historical Section' (44); a painting by an unknown artist is at Lambeth Palace, possibly the painting by H. W. Pickersgill, exhibited RA, 1854 (64); another or possibly the same portrait by Pickersgill was in the artist's sale, Christie's, 17 July 1875 (lot 350) a painting by D. Huntington was exhibited RA, 1853 (277); Sumner officiates in 'The Marriage of the Princess Royal' by J. Phillip in the Royal Collection; a marble statue by H. Weekes is in Canterbury Cathedral, exhibited RA, 1869 (1192), and a view of his monument there by Miss L. Rayner was exhibited RA, 1858 (995); a marble bust by A. Gatley was exhibited RA, 1848 (1397); two anonymous engravings are reproduced W. H. Wilkins, Our King and Queen (c.1901), I, 106-7; a woodcut was published ILN, XII (1848), 295; there are several photographs, and prints after photographs, in the NPG, and others are reproduced as woodcuts ILN, XXIV (1854), 400, and XLI (1862), 301.


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.