Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert, 1st Bt

1 portrait by George Francklin Atkinson

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Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert, 1st Bt

by Thomas Goff Lupton, published by Dickinson Brothers, after George Francklin Atkinson
mezzotint, published December 1852
17 1/2 in. x 13 1/2 in. (445 mm x 344 mm) paper size
Given by Canon J.A. Atkinson, 1892
Reference Collection
NPG D34501

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  • George Francklin Atkinson (1822-1859), Officer of the Bengal Engineers and artist. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • Dickinson Brothers (active 1852-1908), Photographers. Artist or producer associated with 28 portraits.
  • Thomas Goff Lupton (1791-1873), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 131 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Deepak Panda

17 September 2017, 01:46

Walter Raleigh Gilbert was the Political Agent of Governor General for the western province and Sumbulpore from 1825 to 1827. During this time he got painted many locations, buildings, temples of Sumbulpore which are now at British Library, London in Gilbert collection category. So he is remembered at Sambalpur very much.