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Sir William Maynard Gomm

4 of 1617 portraits by Sir Leslie Ward

Sir William Maynard Gomm, by Sir Leslie Ward, published in Vanity Fair 30 August 1873 -NPG 2715 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir William Maynard Gomm

by Sir Leslie Ward
published in Vanity Fair 30 August 1873
10 1/8 in. x 6 in. (257 mm x 152 mm)
NPG 2715

Inscriptionback to top

Signed (lower right): Spy
Inscribed on the original mount: Field marshal Sir William Gomm./August 30, 1873

This portraitback to top

This water-colour was published as a coloured lithograph in Vanity Fair on 30 August 1873, as no. 67 of 'Men of the Day', entitled 'The Constable of the Tower'. The original studies for the Vanity Fair cartoons were owned by the first proprietor of the magazine, T. S. Bowles, and specially mounted by him.

Physical descriptionback to top

Fresh complexion, greyish-blue eyes(?), grey hair. Dressed in a dark stock, white shirt, grey waistcoat, black frock coat, grey trousers, and black shoes with black bows. Background colour greyish-blue.

Provenanceback to top

T. S. Bowles; Vanity Fair sale, Christie's, 6 March 1912 (lot 305); Messrs Maggs, 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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