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Sir Robert Harry Inglis, 2nd Bt

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Sir Robert Harry Inglis, 2nd Bt, by George Richmond, 1845 -NPG 1062 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Robert Harry Inglis, 2nd Bt

by George Richmond
24 1/8 in. x 18 1/2 in. (613 mm x 470 mm)
NPG 1062

Inscriptionback to top

Signed (bottom left): Geo. Richmond. delt.
Inscribed in pencil (bottom right): Robert Henry Inglis.

This portraitback to top

Although the angle of the head is different, Richmond apparently made use of this drawing for his 1854 painting of Inglis in the Examination Schools, Oxford. Inglis was one of Richmond's earliest friends and patrons: 'I owe everything to Sir Robert Inglis, for it was he who put my foot on the first rung of the ladder'. [1] A drawing of Lady Inglis by Richmond was bequeathed to the NPG by Francis Seymour in 1938, but declined. The NPG bought several of Richmond's portraits from his executors. Other portraits of Inglis by Richmond are listed as follows:
1 1832. Drawing or water-colour, listed in 'Account Book', p 4.
2 1834. Drawing or water-colour, listed in 'Account Book', p 12.
3 1835. Drawing or water-colour, presented to the sitter, listed in 'Account Book', p 16.
4 1836. Water-colour, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
5 c.1837. Water-colour, Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham, engraved by J. Jenkins, published R. Ryley, 1837 (example in NPG), for 'Eminent Conservative Statesmen'. Possibly one of the early portraits listed in the 'Account Book' (nos.1-3).
6 1854. Painting, Examination Schools, Oxford, exhibited RA, 1855 (159), listed in 'Account Book', p 61, engraved by J. Faed, published Colnaghi, 1857 (example in NPG).
7 1854. Drawing for Sir T. Acland, listed in 'Account Book', p 61.

Footnotesback to top

1) A. M. W. Stirling, The Richmond Papers (1926), p 38. The 'first rung' was a portrait of William Wilberforce in 1832 (for which Inglis made the introduction), engraved by S. Cousins: the engraving became immensely popular.

Referenceback to top

G. Richmond, 'Account Book' (photo-copy of original MS, NPG archives), p 38, under the year 1845 - 'for self'.

Provenanceback to top

The artist, purchased from his executors, 1896.

Exhibitionsback to top

SKM, 1868 (512); VE, 1892 (356).

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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