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Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Bt

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Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Bt, by George Richmond, circa 1853 -NPG 1064 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Bt

by George Richmond
circa 1853
17 in. x 14 in. (432 mm x 356 mm)
NPG 1064

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed in pencil (top right): Sir Charles Lyell

This portraitback to top

This is a study for Richmond's finished portrait drawing in the collection of the Lyell family, which was anonymously lithographed (example in NPG), and engraved by C. Holl as the frontispiece to Mrs Lyell, Life, Letters and Journals of Sir Charles Lyell (1881), I; the original drawing is probably that listed in Richmond's 'Account Book' (photostat copy of original MS, NPG archives), p 60, under the year 1853. Another portrait of Lyell by Richmond was begun in 1868 but discontinued. Lady Lyell, the sitter's sister-in-law, who owned the finished drawing, wrote of the NPG's 'wretched likeness' (letter of 22 October 1904, NPG archives).

Provenanceback to top

The artist, purchased from his executors, 1896.

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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