Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt, 1881 - NPG 3241 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
oil on canvas, 1881
50 1/4 in. x 36 5/8 in. (1276 mm x 931 mm)
Given by William Henry Smith, 3rd Viscount Hambleden, 1945
NPG 3241

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24 May 2017, 15:18

When researching this portrait, whilst at Reading University. I found that Disreali only managed to attend 2-3 of his sittings for this portait, resulting in the completion of just the face. Millais in his need to complete the painting used an artist model whom had a similar build to Disraeli, thus making me conclude that the figure presented here in the majority is infact another(for the figures body,arms and the back of the head). I also found that the model used was the same individual that Millais also used to complete the portrait of Gladstone(possitioned next to it in the gallery) and later also being used in some of lord leightons' works. His name being Alfonzo Manzi.

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