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Sir Robert McClure

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Robert McClure

by Stephen Pearce
1855
50 1/8 in. x 40 in. (1273 mm x 1016 mm)
NPG 1210

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.

Pearce 1903
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.

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