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Sir Erasmus Ommanney

38 of 63 portraits by Stephen Pearce

Sir Erasmus Ommanney, by Stephen Pearce, exhibited 1861 -NPG 1219 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Erasmus Ommanney

by Stephen Pearce
exhibited 1861
15 3/8 in. x 12 3/4 in. (390 mm x 324 mm)
NPG 1219

This portraitback to top

This is the only recorded portrait of Ommaney. He is wearing the undress uniform (1856 pattern) either of a naval captain with over three years' service or of a commodore (1st or 2nd class), the cross of the order of the Redeemer (Greece), either the 4th or 5th class (knight), or the 2nd class (grand commander), to which he was later promoted, the Baltic Medal (1854-5), the Arctic Medal (1818-55), and the Naval General Service Medal (1793-1840).

Referenceback to top

Pearce 1903
S. Pearce, Memories of the Past (1903), p 72.

Physical descriptionback to top

Healthy complexion, bluish eyes, brown hair and whiskers. Dressed in a dark tie, white shirt and waistcoat, and dark blue naval uniform, with gold-braided epaulettes, gilt buttons, silver stars and a white cross with white and blue ribbons. Background colour greenish-brown.

Provenanceback to top

Commissioned or purchased by Colonel John Barrow, and bequeathed by him, 1899.

Exhibitionsback to top

RA, 1861 (69); Royal Naval Exhibition, Chelsea, 1891 (44).


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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