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Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax

Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax, by Anthony de Brie (Bree); George Richmond, late 19th century, based on a work of 1873 -NPG 1677 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax

by Anthony de Brie (Bree), after George Richmond
late 19th century, based on a work of 1873
36 in. x 27 5/8 in. (914 mm x 702 mm)
NPG 1677

This portraitback to top

Halifax is shown with the sash and star of the Bath. The original portrait by Richmond is apparently that at Oriel College, Oxford, presented by the 2nd Viscount Halifax, 1924, listed by Mrs R. Lane Poole, Catalogue of Oxford Portraits, III (1925), 316, and in Richmond's 'Account Book' (photostat copy of original MS, NPG archives), p 8, under 1873, exhibited VE, 1892 (11), and engraved by J. D. Miller (example in NPG), engraving exhibited RA, 1886 (1514). Another oil version or copy of this type is in the collection of the present Earl of Halifax, reproduced Country Life, CVI (1949), 469. An earlier drawing of Halifax by Richmond, listed in his 'Account Book' pp 69 and 70, under 1861, was engraved by W. Holl (example in NPG), for the 'Grillions Club' series; the head in this drawing is very similar in pose and features to the head in the oil painting, though suggesting a younger man. A second drawing is also listed in the 'Account Book', p 73, under 1861. The NPG copy was evidently executed for the 2nd Viscount Halifax a short time before its presentation (see his letters of 10 and 18 July 1912, NPG archives).

Physical descriptionback to top

Healthy complexion, greyish eyes, mainly grey hair and whiskers. Dressed in a black necktie, white shirt, white waistcoat with a scarlet sash, black coat, silver star, grey trousers. Seated in a gilt and red-covered armchair, holding a brown leather volume. Brown background colour.

Provenanceback to top

Presented by the sitter's son, the 2nd Viscount Halifax, 1912.


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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