Sir Robert McClure
- Extended catalogue entry
Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Sir Robert McClure
by Stephen Pearce
50 1/8 in. x 40 in. (1273 mm x 1016 mm)
This portraitback to top
McClure is shown in the costume he wore on his Arctic expedition, 1850-4, set against an idealized polar landscape. The portrait was engraved by J. Scott, published H. Graves (example in NPG), the engraving dedicated to Queen Victoria; it was also engraved by J. H. Baker, published Longman (example in NPG). This is the only recorded portrait of McClure.
Referenceback to top
Art Journal (1855), p 174.
S. Pearce, Memories of the Past (1903), pp 69-70.
Physical descriptionback to top
Healthy complexion, blue eyes, brown hair and whiskers. Dressed in a white shirt, dark stock, black and white check scarf, heavy white jacket, with canvas gun-bag and strap, leather gun-straps and gun, leather-covered telescope, dark trousers, and black fur-lined gloves. Greenish-white landscape at left, and seascape at right. Background sky of whitish-grey and dark grey tones.
Provenanceback to top
Commissioned or purchased by Colonel John Barrow, and bequeathed to him, 1899.
Exhibitionsback to top
RA, 1855 (236); Art Treasures of the United Kingdom, Manchester, 1857, 'Modern Masters' (485); Royal Naval Exhibition, Chelsea, 1891 (43); Pageant of Canada, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1967-8 (153), reproduced in catalogue.
Reproductionsback to top
S. Pearce, Memories of the Past (1903), facing p 68.
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.