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Sir Edward Belcher

30 of 63 portraits by Stephen Pearce

Sir Edward Belcher, by Stephen Pearce, circa 1859 -NPG 1217 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Edward Belcher

by Stephen Pearce
circa 1859
15 1/2 in. x 13 1/8 in. (394 mm x 333 mm)
NPG 1217

Inscriptionback to top

Apparently signed on the back (now no longer visible): Stephen Pearce

This portraitback to top

Belcher is wearing the full-dress uniform (1856 pattern) either of a naval captain with over three years service, or of a commodore (1st or 2nd class), and (from left to right) the China Medal (1842), the order of the Bath (CB), the Naval General Service Medal (1793-1840), with two bars for 'Gaieta 24 July 1815' and 'Algiers', and the Arctic Medal (1818-55). These medals, and Belcher's KCB star and badge, are now in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Physical descriptionback to top

Healthy complexion, blue eyes, grey hair and whiskers. Dressed in a dark stock, white shirt, dark blue naval uniform, with gold-braided collar and epaulettes, gilt buttons, silver medals and a white star with multi-coloured ribbons. Background colour dark brown.

Provenanceback to top

Commissioned or purchased by Colonel John Barrow, and bequeathed by him, 1899.

Exhibitionsback to top

RA, 1859 (43); Royal Naval Exhibition, Chelsea, 1891 (46).

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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