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Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere

by Matthew Noble
circa 1858
6 3/4 in. (173 mm) high
NPG 2203


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Inscriptionback to top

Incised below the shoulders: EARL OF ELLESMERE. K. C. and below on the back of the base: M. NOBLE. S./LONDON

This portraitback to top

It is just possible that this bust is a reduced replica of a larger bust which was exhibited at the RA, rather than the original bust itself. Commissioned marble busts were usually life-size. Ellesmere is wearing the star of the Garter.

Referenceback to top

Gunnis 1953
R. Gunnis, Dictionary of British Sculptors (1953), p 275.

Provenanceback to top

The sitter; by descent to his granddaughter, Mrs L. B. Jameson, and presented by her, 1928.

Exhibitionsback to top

Probably RA, 1858 (1245).


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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