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Mary Somerville

Mary Somerville, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, 1832 -NPG 316a(115) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Mary Somerville

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
19 1/8 in. x 25 5/8 in. (486 mm x 651 mm)
NPG 316a(115)

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed under the full-face view: Mrs Somerville 14 Aug 1832

This portraitback to top

These 'camera lucida' drawings are related to the marble bust in the Royal Society, London, exhibited RA, 1837 (1272), and British Portraits, RA, 1956-7 (697); the inscribed date, '1840', was apparently added later. A related plaster bust is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and two more are at Somerville College, Oxford. A copy is in the Royal Institution, London.

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The artist, presented by the widow of one of his executors, Mrs George Jones, 1871.

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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