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William Makepeace Thackeray

23 of 23 portraits by Domenico Brucciani

William Makepeace Thackeray, by Domenico Brucciani,  -NPG 1501 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

William Makepeace Thackeray

by Domenico Brucciani
8 1/2 in. x 6 1/2 in. (216 mm x 164 mm) overall
NPG 1501

Inscriptionback to top

Incised on base of face cast: D. Brucciani & Co Ltd London and on hand cast: D. Brucciani & Co.

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Thackeray died during the night of 23/24 December 1863, and the death mask was made the following morning at the request of the surgeon, Sir Henry Thompson. There is a discussion of the death mask in L. Hutton, Portraits in Plaster (New York, 1894), pp 86,91-92,95, where another example is reproduced, p 89. Another cast of the hand is reproduced G. N. Ray, The Letters and Private Papers of W. M. Thackeray (1945-6), IV, facing 296, and a fourth cast was in the collection of Major Lambert, sold Anderson Galleries, New York, 26 February 1914 (lot 574).

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Messrs Brucciani & Co, presented by them, 1908.


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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