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Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge of Lahore

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge of Lahore

replica by Sir Francis Grant
1849-1876, based on a work of 1849
50 1/8 in. x 40 in. (1273 mm x 1016 mm)
NPG 437

This portraitback to top

This picture is a replica of the portrait of 1849 in the collection of Viscount Hardinge, recorded in Grant's 'Sitters Book' (copy of original MS, NPG archives), under the year 1850. The original was engraved by J. Faed, published Colnaghi, 1851 (example in British Museum), and by G. J. Stodart (example in NPG). The idealized Indian landscape behind recalls Hardinge's campaigns in that country. He is wearing the star of the Bath, and the sword which Napoleon wore at Waterloo, presented to him by the Duke of Wellington at the Great Review of the Allied Army in 1816. [1] A study for the 1849 portrait is also in the NPG (508). A copy by W. M. Loudan of 1883 is in the East India and Sports Club, London, and a small copy was exhibited VE, 1892 (339) lent by the 2nd Viscount Hardinge.

Footnotesback to top

1) Information given to G. Scharf by the 2nd Viscount Hardinge at South Park, 1885.

Physical descriptionback to top

Healthy complexion, blue eyes, grey hair. Dressed in a dark stock, white shirt, black coat, silver star, red and gold-braided sword belt, gilt sword-hilt. Brownish landscape behind. Yellow, brown and greenish sky.

Provenanceback to top

The artist, presented by him, 1876.


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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