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Sir Francis Ronalds

Sir Francis Ronalds, by Hugh Carter, circa 1870 -NPG 1095 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Francis Ronalds

by Hugh Carter
circa 1870
24 1/4 in. x 20 in. (616 mm x 508 mm)
NPG 1095

Inscriptionback to top

Signed in monogram (bottom right): HC
Inscribed on a damaged label on the back of the stretcher: [Sir Francis Ronald?] Esq. FR[S]/by Hugh Carter/46 Bedford Gardens Campden Hill
Inscribed on a label formerly on the back of the frame: Sir Francis Ronald/ FRS./by Hugh Carter R.I.

This portraitback to top

The artist apparently made a copy of this portrait for himself, shortly before presenting the original (see letters from him, NPG archives). A coat of arms is faintly visible in the top left-hand corner. This or another version was recorded in the collection of the artist's sister, Mrs Samuel Carter (Dictionary of National Biography).

Physical descriptionback to top

Brownish eyes, grey hair. Dressed in a black neck-tie, white shirt, and black waistcoat and coat. Background colour very dark brown.

Provenanceback to top

The artist; presented by him, 1897.

Reproductionsback to top

Reproduced as a woodcut ILN, LVI (1870), 464.

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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