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Sherard Osborn

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Sherard Osborn, by Stephen Pearce, 1850-1886 -NPG 916 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sherard Osborn

replica by Stephen Pearce
1850-1886
15 1/2 in. x 13 in. (394 mm x 330 mm)
NPG 916

This portraitback to top

This is a replica of NPG 1224, and was commissioned by Lady Franklin.

Physical descriptionback to top

Healthy complexion, dark eyes, dark brown hair and whiskers. Dressed in a dark stock, white shirt, dark blue naval uniform, with gold-braided collar and epaulettes, gilt buttons, white and silver medals and stars with multi-coloured ribbons. Background colour dark grey.

Provenanceback to top

Commissioned by Lady Franklin, and bequeathed by her niece, Miss Sophia Cracroft, in accordance with the wishes of her aunt, 1892.


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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