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Edmund Lyons, 1st Baron Lyons

Edmund Lyons, 1st Baron Lyons, by George Frederic Watts, 1856-1857 -NPG 685 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Edmund Lyons, 1st Baron Lyons

by George Frederic Watts
1856-1857
24 in. x 19 7/8 in. (610 mm x 505 mm)
NPG 685

Inscriptionback to top

Signed (bottom right): G. F. Watts

This portraitback to top

This portrait was painted in Constantinople. Watts had accompanied Sir Charles Newton on an archaeological expedition to Halicarnassus, and was sent back by him to Constantinople to obtain some kind of permit from the Sultan. Another three-quarter length portrait of Lyons was painted at much the same time on board Lyons' flagship, now in the collection of the Watts Gallery. A related drawing is owned by Mrs M. Chapman, Oxford. Watts also painted Stratford de Redcliffe on this same visit to Constantinople (NPG 684).

Referenceback to top

Bateman 1901
C. T. Bateman, G. F. Watts, R.A. (1901), p 51.

Watts
'Catalogue of Works by G. F. Watts', compiled by Mrs M. S. Watts (MS, Watts Gallery, Compton), II, 100.

Physical descriptionback to top

Healthy complexion, dark-blue eyes, greyish hair. Dressed in a dark green neck-tie, white shirt, and dark coat. Background colour brown and green; a sea-scene is vaguely indicated on the right and left, with a pillar or mast(?) in the centre.

Provenanceback to top

The artist, presented by him, 1883.


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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