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William Robert Hobson

33 of 63 portraits by Stephen Pearce

William Robert Hobson, by Stephen Pearce, circa 1860 -NPG 910 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

William Robert Hobson

by Stephen Pearce
circa 1860
15 3/8 in. x 12 3/4 in. (391 mm x 324 mm)
NPG 910

Inscriptionback to top

Apparently signed on the back (now no longer visible): Stephen Pearce

This portraitback to top

Hobson is wearing the full-dress uniform of a naval commander (1856 pattern), with (from left to right) the Arctic Medal (1818-55), and the Baltic Medal (1854-5).

Physical descriptionback to top

Healthy complexion, dark grey(?) eyes, dark brown hair and whiskers. Dressed in a dark stock, white shirt, and dark blue naval uniform with gilt buttons and epaulettes, and silver medals.

Provenanceback to top

Commissioned or purchased by Lady Franklin, and bequeathed by her niece, Miss Sophia Cracroft, in accordance with the wishes of her aunt, 1892.

Exhibitionsback to top

RA, 1860 (259).


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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