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John Russell, 1st Earl Russell

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt, circa 1880 -NPG 4291 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
circa 1880
2 1/2 in. (64 mm) high
NPG 4291

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed in ink on a label, formerly on the base of the bust: Lord John Russell/Earl Russell 1792-1878 Prime Minister/Terra Cotta sketch by/Sir Edgar Boehm for/Statue in Westminster/given Lady Arthur Russell/by Alfred Gilbert who/was Boehm's legatee/1892

This portraitback to top

This is a preliminary study of Russell's head for the full-length marble statue in the Palace of Westminster, the model for which was exhibited RA, 1880 (1590), reproduced Magazine of Art (1880), p 336. A related marble bust is in Westminster Abbey. The donor commissioned three plaster casts of the NPG head.

Referenceback to top

NPG Annual Report, 1962-3 (1963), p. 4.

Provenanceback to top

The artist; Alfred Gilbert; Lady Arthur Russell, presented by her daughter, Miss Flora Russell, 1962.


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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