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Sir David Brewster

7 of 40 portraits by Sir John Watson-Gordon

Sir David Brewster, by Sir John Watson-Gordon, 1864 -NPG 691 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir David Brewster

by Sir John Watson-Gordon
50 in. x 39 3/4 in. (1270 mm x 1010 mm)
NPG 691

Inscriptionback to top

Signed and dated (lower right): Sir John Watson Gordon/R.A. & P.R.S.A. Pinxit/1864

This portraitback to top

This portrait was painted shortly before Gordon's death, and was the last work he completed.

Referenceback to top

National Gallery, Millbank: Catalogue of the British School (1929), p 141.

Physical descriptionback to top

Blue eyes, grey hair. Dressed in a dark green stock, white shirt, dark brown coat and yellow jewelled stock-pin. Seated in a red armchair, holding a pair of spectacles in one hand, and a green object (spectacle case?) in the other. Background colour very dark brown.

Provenanceback to top

The artist; presented by his brother, Henry Gordon, to the National Gallery, 1865, and subsequently transferred.

Exhibitionsback to top

SKM, 1868 (484).

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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