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Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax

by Anthony de Brie (Bree), after George Richmond
oil on canvas, late 19th century, based on a work of 1873
36 in. x 27 5/8 in. (914 mm x 702 mm)
Given by the sitter's son, Charles Lindley Wood, 2nd Viscount Halifax, 1912
Primary Collection
NPG 1677


The painting is a later copy after George Ric…

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Artistsback to top

  • Anthony de Brie (Bree) (1854 or 1855-1921), Artist. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
  • George Richmond (1809-1896), Portrait painter and draughtsman; son of Thomas Richmond. Artist associated with 325 portraits, Sitter in 14 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D35218: Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax (source portrait)

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 207
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 272
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 73, 176 Read entry

    Gilt compo on pine, mitred and pinned with triangular corner blocks, the frieze section fixed by centre and corner blocks to the outer raised section, the hollow between the outer section and the frieze burnished as are the sight edge beads. 5 1⁄ 2 inches wide plus 3⁄ 4 inch slip. With the label: CHAPMAN BROS./Carvers, Gilders & Frame Makers./241, King's Road,/(Opposite Carlyle Square.)/LONDON, S.W./N.B. ESTIMATES GIVEN FOR DECORATIVE GILDING./TELEPHONE NO 823 WESTERN./TELEGRAMS, "FRAMBLE, LONDON."

    This portrait of the Liberal statesman, Lord Halifax, is a posthumous copy by Anthony de Brie of George Richmond's original of 1873 at Oriel College, Oxford. It was framed by Chapman Bros, the Chelsea framemakers, in a renaissance-style frame, rather like those favoured by Richmond himself for his oil portraits but with a richer top and sight edge and a more open frieze. Examples of Richmond's frames, made by his framemaker, J. H. Chance, can be found on the large full-length of the Lord Chancellor, Lord Hatherley, 1872 (National Portrait Gallery, on loan to the Law Courts), and on the smaller portrait of Mrs W. F. Robinson, 1870 (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge).

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