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Sir William Francis Patrick Napier

Sir William Francis Patrick Napier, by George Gammon Adams, 1855 -NPG 1197 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir William Francis Patrick Napier

by George Gammon Adams
26 7/8 in. (683 mm) high
NPG 1197

Inscriptionback to top

Incised on the front of the base: GENL SIR WM NAPIER and on the back: G. G. ADAMS. SC./1855

This portraitback to top

A plaster cast, related to this bust, is in the Scottish NPG. The type was engraved by W. H. Egleton, published J. Murray, 1857 (example in NPG). Adams executed a statue of Napier in 1863 for St Paul's Cathedral, reproduced as a woodcut ILN, XLII (1863), 73, making use of the NPG type for the head. Another marble bust by Adams was exhibited RA, 1860 (967). Several plaster casts of busts by Adams were purchased at the same time as this one from the artist's widow.

Referenceback to top

'Catalogue of Medals and Sculpture by Geo. Adams, Acton Green Lodge, Chiswick' (copy in NPG archives).

Provenanceback to top

The artist, purchased from his widow, 1899.

Exhibitionsback to top

Victorian Era Exhibition, 1897, 'History Section' (782).

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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