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Thomas Goff Lupton

Thomas Goff Lupton, by George Clint,  -NPG 1619 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Goff Lupton

by George Clint
19 1/8 in. x 15 1/8 in. (486 mm x 384 mm)
NPG 1619

This portraitback to top

The name of the artist was provided by Thomas Lupton's solicitors in a letter of 25 September 1911 (NPG archives). It is very likely that the portrait was executed during Lupton's apprenticeship to Clint, but the particular significance of his vagabond costume is not known. The portrait was bequeathed together with a plaster bust of Lupton by Scipio Clint, George Clint's son; the latter corresponded very closely with the features in the painting, and was declined. A drawing by N. O. Lupton of 1844, after the bust, is in the British Museum. The only other recorded portrait of Lupton is in George Clint's painting of the last scene of 'A New Way to Pay Old Debts' of 1820, in the Garrick Club, London.

Physical descriptionback to top

Healthy complexion, hazel eyes, and brown hair. Dressed in a white collar, reddish-brown coat, and yellow hat, with a red bundle over his shoulder, and multi-coloured handkerchief. White sailing-vessels, green sea, and light-coloured sky lower left. Rest of background dark brown.

Provenanceback to top

The sitter, bequeathed by his son, Thomas Lupton, 1911.


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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