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Sir Moses Haim Montefiore, 1st Bt

Sir Moses Haim Montefiore, 1st Bt, by Henry Weigall, 1881 -NPG 2178 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Moses Haim Montefiore, 1st Bt

by Henry Weigall
1881
23 7/8 in. x 20 1/8 in. (607 mm x 511 mm)
NPG 2178

Inscriptionback to top

Signed in monogram and dated (bottom right): H W/1881.

This portraitback to top

A portrait of Montefiore and a copy are listed in Weigall's 'Account Book' (photostat copy, NPG archives), under 1881 (511 and 512). Since both these were paid for, it seems unlikely that either is the NPG picture, which remained with the artist.

Physical descriptionback to top

Healthy complexion, brown eyes, white beard. Dressed in a white stock, white shirt, light blue waistcoat, dark blue jacket and cap, and a green coat. Background colour brown.

Provenanceback to top

The artist; Weigall Sale, Christie's, 6 July 1925 (lot 160), where it was presumably bought in; presented by members of the artist's family, 1928.


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.

Exhibitionsback to top

VE, 1892 (304).

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