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John Bright

John Bright, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt, 1881 -NPG 868 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

John Bright

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
28 in. (711 mm) high
NPG 868

Inscriptionback to top

Incised on the back below the shoulders: The Rt. Hon. JOHN BRIGHT. May 1881.

This portraitback to top

Closely related to the marble bust of Bright by Boehm in the collection of the Earl of Rosebery, Dalmeny, exhibited RA, 1882 (1677). A terra-cotta version was exhibited VE, 1892 (1073), lent by Boehm's executors. Bright records several sittings with Boehm during May 1881 and March 1882 (see Diaries of John Bright, edited R. A. J. Walling (1930), pp 463-5, and 476).

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Purchased from the artist's executors, 1891.

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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