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Robert Evans

1 portrait of Robert Evans

Robert Evans, by Caroline Bray; Unknown artist, 1841 -NPG 1232a - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Robert Evans

by Caroline Bray, after a miniature by Unknown artist
7 1/4 in. x 5 5/8 in. (184 mm x 143 mm)
NPG 1232a

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In a letter to Sir Lionel Cust of 5 July 1899 (NPG archives), Mrs Bray wrote: 'When I copied the miniature of Mr Evans in 1841 which belonged to his daughter, I understood that Carlisle had four or five more copies for the different members of the family'. The identity of Carlisle is not known, and neither his copies nor the original miniature are known to have survived. These are the only recorded portraits of Robert Evans. George Eliot met Mrs Bray in 1841, and became an intimate of her family. Her early intellectual development owed much to this friendship.

Physical descriptionback to top

Ruddy complexion, brown eyes and hair. Seated in a red chair.

Provenanceback to top

The artist, presented by her, 1899.

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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