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Sir Henry Rowley Bishop

Sir Henry Rowley Bishop, by George Henry Harlow, circa 1810 -NPG 617 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Sir Henry Rowley Bishop

attributed to George Henry Harlow
circa 1810
9 in. x 7 in. (229 mm x 178 mm)
NPG 617

Inscriptionback to top

No inscription but an old paper removed from back of frame in 1936 (now in registered packet in NPG archive 617) reads: 'Sir Henry Bishop Bought 1880 of T. H. Parker. Had belonged to Mrs Ruddle in Beaufort Street Chelsea in 1867, August'.

This portraitback to top

Despite some correspondence with Bishop's second wife, Madame Anna, her brother Henry Parsons Riviere, an artist working in Rome, and their nephew Briton Riviere, no information about the portrait's provenance was forthcoming at the time of its acquisition, though a note on the original mount says 'presumed to be copied from a larger picture formerly in the possession of the family' (letters in NPG archive). The attribution to Harlow originated with T. H. Parker and is unsupported by any evidence beyond a certain stylistic resemblance and the artist's known friendliness with actors and the stage. R. L. Ormond has suggested Chinnery as a likely artist, but Chinnery was in India in 1810 and there is no record of Bishop's leaving England at this time.

Physical descriptionback to top

Nearly half-length to right, aged 25-30, in brown fur-lined coat, white waistcoat and shirt, black neckcloth, reddish-brown wavy hair, hazel eyes, ruddy complexion; cloudy sky background.

Provenanceback to top

Mrs Ruddle; T. H. Parker from whom bought in 1880.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, 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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