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James Atkinson

James Atkinson, by James Atkinson, circa 1845 -NPG 930 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

James Atkinson

by James Atkinson
circa 1845
9 in. x 7 1/4 in. (229 mm x 184 mm)
NPG 930

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According to the donor, the portrait was a good likeness of his father. Atkinson is shown in the uniform of a Bengal army surgeon, with a medal for the siege of Ghuznee (1st Afghan war), and the star of the order of the Doranee Empire; this last order was instituted by Shah Shooja of Afghanistan after the 1st Afghan war; Atkinson was permitted to wear the insignia of the third class in 1841 (see London Gazette, 17 December 1841). Information on the uniform and orders kindly communicated by Mr Farrington of the India Office Library, London. Canon Atkinson presented several other drawings of Indian officers and officials by his father.

Physical descriptionback to top

Fresh complexion, dark blue eyes, mainly grey hair and whiskers. Red uniform with gold-braided collar and epaulettes. Dark background colour.

Provenanceback to top

Presented by the sitter's son, Canon J. A. Atkinson, 1892.


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.

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