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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Lionel Henry Cust (1859-1929), Art historian; Director of the National Portrait Gallery

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Chalk drawing by James Malcolm Stewart, inscr. ‘16 Feb. ’98’, head-and-shoulders, slightly to left; untraced. Photographic repr. by William E. Gray, Bayswater, copy NPG SB (Cust).

Oil on canvas board by John Lavery; see NPG 6337.

Caricature drawing by Max Beerbohm, inscr. ‘a Gentleman Usher – Mr Lionel Cust’, whole-length, profile to right in Court dress, left arm raised; untraced. Repr. Beerbohm 1921, no.43. See also Hart-Davis 1972, p.51, no.394 (not ill.).

Caricature drawing by Max Beerbohm, The Red Cross Sale at Christie’s, April 1918, in group; coll. Christie’s. Repr. Marillier 1926. See also Hart-Davis 1972, no.679 (not ill.).

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Albumen cabinet portrait by Fratelli Vianelli, Venice, inscr. on mount by George Scharf ‘Lionel Cust. 7th September 1885’, head-and-shoulders, looking to right, oval vignette; NPG Ax13945. The earliest known image, when Cust was working at the BM.

publ. 1895
Photograph by Elliott & Fry, bust, to right, eyes to spectator, wearing black bow tie. Halftone repr. MA, 1895, p.357 (captioned ‘Lionel Cust the new director of the National Portrait Gallery. From a photograph by Elliott & Fry’). Vignette head-and-shoulders also repr. London 1907–9, p.55.

Sepia platinotype by unidentified photographer, three-quarter-length, standing to right, head to spectator; NPG x7093. Photograph presented to the NPG by Cust’s son, Archer Cust, 1937.
This is the main image for Cust, showing him in his prime, when he was simultaneously Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Surveyor of the King’s Pictures and Gentleman Usher to Edward VII.

Photograph by Marine Photo Service Co., Colchester, three-quarter-length, seated to left, book on lap, wearing sun hat; untraced. Repr. Cust 1930, facing p.xxii, captioned ‘from a photograph taken at sea in February 1929’.

Carol Blackett-Ord