The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

First Previous 2 OF 8 NextLast

Sir William Edward Parry

2 of 8 portraits of Sir William Edward Parry

Sir William Edward Parry, by Stephen Pearce, 1850 -NPG 912 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir William Edward Parry

by Stephen Pearce
15 1/8 in. x 12 3/4 in. (384 mm x 324 mm)
NPG 912

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed in the artist's hand on a label on the back of the picture: Sir Wm. Edward Parry. Kt./L.L.D F.R.S.
L & E./The original Study painted for the/Historical Picture of the Arctic Council,/by Stephen Pearce./1851.

This portraitback to top

This is a study for Pearce's group, 'The Arctic Council' (NPG 1208), as well as an autonomous portrait in its own right. It was apparently once dated 1850 on the back, which is probably the date when Pearce began work on the group. In the group, Parry is shown three-quarter length pointing at a chart held by Sir George Back, but his costume, pose, and features are identical with this study. He is wearing the undress uniform either of a captain with over three years service or of a commodore (first or second class). The date, '1850', was also given by the artist in a memorandum of c.1899 (NPG archives); the date '1851' in the inscription presumably refers to the group.

Referenceback to top

Pearce 1903
S. Pearce, Memories of the Past (1903), p 53.

Physical descriptionback to top

Healthy complexion, blue eyes, white hair. Dressed in a black stock, white shirt, white waistcoat with gold chain, dark blue naval uniform with gold-braided epaulettes. Red curtain at left. Rest of background greenish-brown.

Provenanceback to top

Commissioned or purchased 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.

View all known portraits for Sir William Edward Parry

View all known portraits for Stephen Pearce



Gallery blog

Read our latest news and have your say.

Join the conversation

Tell us More about our silhouettes, photograph of Hubert Leslie, Silhouettist

Identify our Silhouettes

Join enthusiastic contributors who have already identified 155 sitters.

Help transcribe signatures

Tell us More about our Silvy sitters, photograph of Camille Silvy, photographer with boy

Tell us more about our Silvy sitters

Help us identify the sitters who visited Camille Silvy’s photographic studio during the 1860s.

Identify our sitters