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Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield

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Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield, by John Collier, 1897 -NPG 2500 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield

by John Collier
38 in. x 31 1/8 in. (965 mm x 790 mm)
NPG 2500

Inscriptionback to top

Signed (bottom right): John Collier

This portraitback to top

This posthumous portrait was painted with the help of two photographs, now in the collection of Lieutenant Commander A. F. Inglefield, who presented examples of each to the NPG. Also in his collection is a letter from Collier to H. B. Inglefield, dated 19 March 1897:

'It has been a very interesting portrait to me to paint and I have liked doing it. I shall be having a photographer here before very long and I will then have it photographed for you. The picture shall be sent to you on Monday the 29th or Tuesday the 30th.'
A platinotype print of it was executed by H. Dixon and Son (example in NPG). Inglefield is wearing an admiral's uniform of the 1856 pattern (apparently amended inaccurately in 1879), with the star and cross of the Bath (KCB), and (from left to right) the Turkish Medal for the Crimea, the Naval General Service Medal with a bar for 'Syria' (1840), the Turkish Order of the Medjidie (4th class), the Arctic Medal (1818-55), the Crimea Medal with a bar for 'Sebastopol', and the Sultan of Turkey's Medal for Syria (1840).

Referenceback to top

Hon J. Collier, 'Sitters Book' (photostat copy, NPG archives), p 49, under the year 1897.

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Pale eyes, greyish hair and whiskers. Dressed in a dark blue naval uniform, with gold-braided collar, epaulettes, cuffs, sword-belt, trouser-stripe and sword tassel, gilt buttons, and white, red and silver stars and medals and multi-coloured ribbons, gilt dress sword, black and gold-braided cocked hat and white gloves. Background colour dark brown.

Provenanceback to top

Commissioned by the sitter's son, H. B. Inglefield, and bequeathed by him, 1931.

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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