The House of Commons, 1860
© National Portrait Gallery, London
The House of Commons, 1860
by Thomas Oldham Barlow, after John Phillip
mezzotint, 1863 or after
26 5/8 in. x 32 1/2 in. (675 mm x 826 mm) sight measurement
Given by the daughters of the artist, Miss L.J. Barlow and her sister, 1910
Artistsback to top
Sittersback to top
- Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-1881), Prime Minister and novelist; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter associated with 110 portraits. Identify
- John Bright (1811-1889), Statesman and orator. Sitter associated with 96 portraits. Identify
- Hugh McCalmont Cairns, 1st Earl Cairns (1819-1885), Lord Chancellor and philanthropist. Sitter in 20 portraits. Identify
- Edward Cardwell, Viscount Cardwell (1813-1886), Politician; MP for several constituencies and Secretary of State for War. Sitter in 24 portraits. Identify
- Harry George Powlett (né Vane), 4th Duke of Cleveland (1803-1891), Statesman. Sitter in 5 portraits. Identify
- Richard Cobden (1804-1865), Politician; MP for several constituencies, manufacturer and free trade campaigner. Sitter in 50 portraits. Identify
- Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby (1826-1893), Politician, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and diarist; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter in 57 portraits. Identify
- Edward Ellice (1783-1863), Merchant and politician; MP for Coventry. Sitter in 11 portraits. Identify
- Thomas Henry Sutton Sotheran Estcourt (1801-1876), Politician; Home Secretary. Sitter in 3 portraits. Identify
- Thomas Erskine May, 1st Baron Farnborough (1815-1886), Jurist and clerk of the House of Commons. Sitter in 6 portraits. Identify
- Thomas Milner Gibson (1806-1884), Politician; President of the Board of Trade. Sitter in 13 portraits. Identify
- William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Prime Minister and writer; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter associated with 321 portraits. Identify
- Sir George Grey, 2nd Bt (1799-1882), Home Secretary. Sitter in 14 portraits. Identify
- Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax (1800-1885), Whig politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer. Sitter in 28 portraits. Identify
- John Somerset Pakington, 1st Baron Hampton (1799-1880), Politician, First Lord of the Admiralty and Secretary of State for War. Sitter in 12 portraits. Identify
- Joseph Warner ('J.W.') Henley (1793-1884), Politician; President of the Board of Trade. Sitter in 8 portraits. Identify
- Sir Denis Le Marchant, 1st Bt (1795-1874), Politician, barrister, civil servant and writer. Sitter in 2 portraits. Identify
- Sir George Cornewall Lewis, 2nd Bt (1806-1863), Liberal politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer and editor of the Edinburgh Review; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter in 10 portraits. Identify
- Henry Ley (1813-1895), Second Clerk Assistant of the House of Commons. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
- Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (1803-1873), Novellist, playwright and Conservative politician; MP for St Ives, Lincoln and Hertfordshire. Sitter associated with 35 portraits. Identify
- William Nathaniel Massey (1809-1881), Politician and historian. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
- Francis Thornhill Baring, 1st Baron Northbrook (1796-1866), Whig politician,Chancellor of the Exchequer and MP for Portsmouth. Sitter in 8 portraits. Identify
- (John) Evelyn Denison, 1st Viscount Ossington (1800-1873), Speaker of the House of Commons. Sitter in 13 portraits. Identify
- Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865), Prime Minister. Sitter in 146 portraits. Identify
- Jonathan Peel (1799-1879), Politician, soldier and patron of the turf. Sitter in 4 portraits. Identify
- John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792-1878), Prime Minister and writer; ex-officio Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter associated with 249 portraits. Identify
- Lord Charles James Fox Russell (1807-1894), Soldier and politician; MP for Bedfordshire. Sitter in 4 portraits. Identify
- John James Robert Manners, 7th Duke of Rutland (1818-1906), Politician, First Commissioner of Works and MP for several constituencies. Sitter in 33 portraits. Identify
- Roundell Palmer, 1st Earl of Selborne (1812-1895), Lord Chancellor; lawyer. Sitter associated with 35 portraits. Identify
- Charles Pelham Villiers (1802-1898), Politician; President of the Poor Law Board. Sitter in 8 portraits. Identify
- Spencer Horatio Walpole (1806-1898), Politician; Home Secretary. Sitter in 16 portraits. Identify
- Francis Wemyss-Charteris-Douglas, 10th Earl of Wemyss (1818-1914), Politician; MP for Haddingtonshire and Lord of the Treasury; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter in 12 portraits. Identify
- John Wilson-Patten, Baron Winmarleigh (1802-1892), Politician; MP for Lancashire. Sitter associated with 10 portraits. Identify
Placesback to top
- Place portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (House of Commons, Houses of Parliaments, Westminster, London)
Events of 1863back to top
Current affairsThe opening of the world's first underground railway, with the Metropolitan Railway running trains between Bishop's Street, Padington and Farringdon. Work had begun in 1860, using the 'cut-and-cover' method of construction. The Metropolitan line inspired the construction of other underground railways - the Parisian 'Metro' took its name from the line.
The Football Association is founded.
Art and scienceJulia Margaret Cameron takes up photography, taking portraits of some of the most celebrated figures of the day, with her romantic style capturing the sense of nostalgia and longing that characterised the age.
Kingsley's Water Babies; A Fairy Tale for Children is published, the hugely popular tale of drowned chimney sweep Tom's moral education in the river world of the water babies. It inspired the 1978 film starring James Mason.
InternationalAt an international conference, the Geneva Public Welfare Society calls on the sixteen nations present to form voluntary units to help the wartime wounded. The society, comprised of five Swiss citizens and led by Henri Dunant, who had been deeply affected by the casualties he had witnessed at the Battle of Solferino, became the National Red Cross Societies, adopting the emblem of a red cross on white background.
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