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

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt, by Sydney Prior Hall,  -NPG 2378 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt

by Sydney Prior Hall
6 3/4 in. x 4 3/8 in. (172 mm x 110 mm)
NPG 2378

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed in pencil (middle left), with a line from Peel's mouth: My son Sir.
Inscribed below: From Cartoon in Punch/A Chip of the Old Block./which Mr. Gladstone thought though a/Caricature conveyed the best impression/of Peel.
Inscribed in ink on the reverse: This Mr. Gladstone considered to be/the best portrait of Peel. A cari-/cature in Punch (copy by S. P. H.).

This portraitback to top

Efforts to locate the original published cartoon in Punch have not been successful.

Provenanceback to top

Presented by the artist's son, Dr H. R. Hall, 1930.

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 Robert Peel, 2nd Bt

Visit From Your Armchair

Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

Visit now

Hold Still

Hold Still

Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.

Explore the exhibition

Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

Sculptures in 360°

See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.

View the 360s

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.

See the video