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Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by Richard Cockle Lucas, 1856 -NPG 2226 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Richard Cockle Lucas
7 1/4 in. x 5 1/4 in. (184 mm x 133 mm) oval
NPG 2226

Inscriptionback to top

Incised (left hand side): Palmerston 1856

This portraitback to top

Another version of this wax is in the collection of Lord Faringdon, and a third was offered to the NPG in 1943. Lucas modelled an earlier series of wax reliefs of Palmerston in 1851, the type exhibited RA, 1851 (1386); examples of this are in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Gunnis Bequest), Brooks's Club, London, and the Pyke Collection, the latter reproduced Country Life, CXXXL (1962), 659.

Provenanceback to top

W. Boswell & Son, purchased from them, 1928.

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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