1 portrait of Hugh Owen
- Extended catalogue entry
Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue
by Unknown artist
2 5/8 in. x 2 1/8 in. (67 mm x 54 mm) oval
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The name of the artist and the date were provided by the donor in a letter of 3 December 1894 (NPG archives). The attribution was queried by the artist's daughter, Emily Robertson, in a letter of 14 August 1896, and by Basil Long in a letter of 15 March 1928 (both letters in NPG archives). To the former, Hugh Owen replied (letter of 19 January 1897, NPG archives): 'but I miss a strip of paper which ought to have answered Mr Robertson's daughter's objection. It was a thin narrow strip apparently cut from an exhibition catalogue. I cannot remember the exact words but I think they were - portrait of an officer of 16th Lt dragoons - Andrew Robertson.' When the miniature was accepted by the NPG, the original locket in which it arrived was returned to the donor; it was in this locket that Owen failed to find the cutting from the catalogue. Owen is wearing the uniform of the 16th Light Dragoons, in which, in 1808, he was a lieutenant.
Physical descriptionback to top
Healthy complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. Dressed in a black stock, white collar, dark uniform with a red collar, grey frogging, and a grey belt. Background colour almost black.
Provenanceback to top
The sitter, presented by his son, Hugh Owen, 1895.
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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17 December, 12:30
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