The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

William Kennedy

William Kennedy, by Stephen Pearce, 1853 -NPG 1225 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

William Kennedy

by Stephen Pearce
1853
15 1/4 in. x 12 3/4 in. (387 mm x 324 mm)
NPG 1225

This portraitback to top

The date was provided by the artist in a memorandum of c.1899 (NPG archives). This and NPG 917 are the only recorded portraits of Kennedy.

Physical descriptionback to top

Healthy complexion, bluish eyes, brown hair and whiskers. Dressed in a black neck-tie, white shirt, black waistcoat and coat. Background colour dark brown.

Provenanceback to top

Commissioned or purchased by Colonel John Barrow, and bequeathed by him, 1899.


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.

View all known portraits for Stephen Pearce

Listen

Pioneer Podcasts

Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.

Explore the podcasts

Untitled, c.1973 (Alex Chilton) by William Eggleston © Eggleston Artistic Trust

Eggleston Playlist

William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.

Listen to the playlist

Archive interviews

Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.

Watch, listen and read