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John Keble

John Keble, by George Richmond, 1863 -NPG 1043 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

John Keble

by George Richmond
28 1/4 in. x 20 1/2 in. (718 mm x 521 mm)
NPG 1043

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Dated (lower left): July 24. 1863

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In his 'Account Book' Richmond lists this portrait as follows: 'E [i.e. exhibited] Rev John Keble - own RA'. It was engraved by W. Holl, published 1864 (example in British Museum), and was bequeathed at the same time as a drawing of Samuel Rogers (NPG 1044). Other portraits of Keble by Richmond are as follows:
1 1844. Water-colour, Keble College, Oxford, bought Christie's, 11 April 1967 (lot 142), from the collection of Lord Coleridge. Listed in 'Account Book', p 35. Engraved by S. Cousins, published for Richmond, 1845 (example in NPG), engraving reproduced G. Battiscombe, John Keble: A Study in Limitations (1963), facing p 268.
2 1874. Marble bust, Keble College. Reproduced Battiscombe, facing p 269. Listed in 'Account Book', p 91. Richmond records that he began work on a bust of Keble in 1872 (presumably the clay model), and on a life-size bust (presumably the marble) in 1873.
3 1876. Painting, Keble College, presented by the artist. Listed in 'Account Book', p 93. Exhibited VE, 1892 (231). The head is based on the NPG drawing. A replica for Dr Talbot is recorded by Richmond in 1889, and a copy by Miss Donkin is at Oriel College, Oxford. The three portraits at Keble and Oriel (excluding no.1) are listed by Mrs R. L. Poole, Catalogue of Oxford Portraits, II (1925), 98, and III (1925), 283.

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G. Richmond, 'Account Book' (photostat copy, NPG archives), p 77, under the year 1863.

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The artist, bequeathed by him, 1896.

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RA, 1864 (673); SKM, 1868 (510); VE, 1892 (382).

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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