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Hugh Gough, 1st Viscount Gough

Hugh Gough, 1st Viscount Gough, by Sir Francis Grant, circa 1853 -NPG 805 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Hugh Gough, 1st Viscount Gough

by Sir Francis Grant
circa 1853
7 in. x 5 3/8 in. (178 mm x 136 mm)
NPG 805

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Almost certainly a sketch after, rather than a study for, Grant's full-length oil portrait of Gough, listed in his 'Sitters Book' (copy of original MS, NPG archives), under 1853, exhibited RA, 1854 (74) as painted for officers of the Bengal artillery, presumably the portrait owned now by the Royal Artillery, Woolwich, exhibited Dublin Exhibition, 1872, 'Portraits' (253), engraved by C. R. Saunders (example in NPG). It shows him in a uniform he wore on his campaigns in India. This or another version is in the United Service Club, London. The NPG drawing follows the finished picture rather than the earlier oil study in the collection of Admiral Barrington Brooke, in which Gough's right arm is shown lower, holding a white hat. Grant was in the habit of making sketches of his finished portraits from recollection. The drawing of Lord Clyde (NPG 619), which was given to the 2nd Viscount Hardinge by the artist, is another example. Lord Hardinge, chairman for some years of the NPG trustees, and his father were both close friends of Grant.

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The artist; presented by the 2nd Viscount Hardinge, 1888.


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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