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Patrick Fraser Tytler

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Patrick Fraser Tytler, by Margaret Sarah Carpenter, exhibited 1845 -NPG 226 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Patrick Fraser Tytler

by Margaret Sarah Carpenter
exhibited 1845
36 in. x 29 1/8 in. (914 mm x 740 mm)
NPG 226

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed (top left): Patrick Fraser Tytler

This portraitback to top

This portrait is not listed in Margaret Carpenter's 'Sitters Book' (copy of original MS, NPG archives), presumably because it was not sold. In a letter of 26 December 1870 (NPG archives), J. Gibson Craig, a friend of the sitter, referred to the portrait as the 'most absurd caricature & has not the smallest resemblance. Tytler was a little man with rather a broad face & never had any pretention to dandyism.' Gibson Craig owned the small painting by Sir J. Watson Gordon, now in the Scottish NPG.

Physical descriptionback to top

Healthy complexion, blue eyes, light sandy hair. Dressed in a white shirt, cravat and black neck-tie, grey waistcoat, black coat and grey trousers. Seated in an armchair, the back and arms of which are covered in a green figured material. Holding a light brown leather-bound volume, held open at a page of illustration. Background colour various shades of brown.

Provenanceback to top

The artist, purchased from her, 1867.

Exhibitionsback to top

RA, 1845 (79).


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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