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Sir Charles Wheatstone

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Charles Wheatstone

by Samuel Laurence
1868
28 3/8 in. x 20 1/2 in. (721 mm x 521 mm)
NPG 726

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed in pencil (lower left): 2½ Thursday and in faint chalk (bottom centre): Sir Charles Wheatstone.

This portraitback to top

A letter from Wheatstone to Laurence of 18 April 1868, referring to a sitting, is in the collection of W. B. Laurence. A bronze relief, based on the NPG drawing, is on the outer wall of St Michael's Church, Gloucester. NPG 726 was purchased at the same time as an oil painting of Thackeray by Laurence (NPG 725).

Referenceback to top

Miles
F. Miles 'Samuel Laurence' (typescript, NPG library).

Provenanceback to top

Purchased at the artist's sale, Puttick and Simpson, 12 June 1884 (lot 192), through Messrs Colnaghi.

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Das Neunzehnte Jahrhundert in Bildnissen (Berlin, 1899), II, 199.


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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