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Sir Charles Hastings Doyle

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Charles Hastings Doyle

by Sir Leslie Ward
published in Vanity Fair 23 March 1878
12 in. x 7 1/8 in. (305 mm x 181 mm)
NPG 2709

Inscriptionback to top

Signed (lower right): Spy
Inscribed on the mount: Genal Sir Chs Hastings Doyle, K.C.M.G./March 23, 1878.

This portraitback to top

This is one of a large collection of original studies for Vanity Fair, which were owned and specially mounted by the first proprietor of the magazine, Thomas Bowles. The water-colour of Doyle was published in Vanity Fair as a coloured lithograph, on 23 March 1878, with the title, 'a General'. This is the only recorded portrait of Doyle.

Physical descriptionback to top

Healthy complexion, black hair and moustache. Dressed in a white shirt, blue neck-tie, mauve waistcoat, brown coat, fawn trousers, black top-hat and shoes, holding a rolled umbrella with a handle in the form of a skull.

Provenanceback to top

Thomas Bowles; Vanity Fair Sale, Christie's, 6 March 1912 (lot 221); Maggs Brothers, purchased from them, 1934.


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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