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Sir Charles James Napier

Sir Charles James Napier, by George Jones, 1851 -NPG 333 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Charles James Napier

by George Jones
1851
11 1/2 in. x 8 3/4 in. (292 mm x 222 mm)
NPG 333

Inscriptionback to top

Signed and dated (lower left): C Napier/June - 51/Geo. Jones

This portraitback to top

Possibly a study for Jones' painting of the 'Battle of Hyderabad', exhibited RA, 1854 (13), which shows Napier in a prominent position on the battlefield. Napier also appears in Jones' painting of the 'Battle of Meeanee, 1843' in the Royal Collection, an outline drawing for which was exhibited RA, 1849 (938).

Physical descriptionback to top

Healthy complexion, brown eyes, brown hair with grey streaks, and grey whiskers. Dressed in white shirt and dark brown coat or cloak, with a darker garment underneath, which just shows at the neck. Background colour grey-green.

Provenanceback to top

The artist, presented by his widow, 1871.


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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