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Oil painting - The Right Honourable Benjamin Disraeli, MP, afterwards Earl of Beaconsfield
  • The Right Honourable Benjamin Disraeli, MP, afterwards Earl of Beaconsfield
    Lucy, Charles
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The Right Honourable Benjamin Disraeli, MP, afterwards Earl of Beaconsfield

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1860-1868 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lucy, Charles (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Joshua Walmsley

  • Museum number:

    363-1872

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Portrait; Benjamin Disraeli

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)

Date

ca. 1860-1868 (painted)

Artist/maker

Lucy, Charles (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

Height: 25.75 in approx., Width: 19.25 in approx., :

Object history note

Given by Sir Joshua Walmsley, 1872

Historical significance: The history painter Charles Lucy (1814-1873) studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Paul Delaroche and later at the Royal Academy Schools in London. He lived for many years at Barbizon, near Fontainebleau. He specialised in large historical pictures from English history, with a particular interest in Puritan scenes, and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1834 to 1873. Lucy received a premium of £200 for his painting Embarkation of the Pilgrim Fathers in the ship Mayflower in the Westminster Hall competition of 1847.

In 1868 Lucy was commissioned to paint a series of portraits of eminent figures. The majority were 19th-century English parliamentarians: Joseph Hume, Richard Cobden, John Bright, Gladstone and Disraeli; also depicted were Oliver Cromwell, Horatio Nelson and Giuseppe Garibaldi. The Liberal MP Sir Joshua Walmsley, who commissioned the series, bequeathed it to the V&A in 1872.

Descriptive line

Oil on canvas, 'The Right Honorable Benjamin Disraeli MP (1804-1881), afterwards Earl of Beaconsfield', Charles Lucy, ca. 1860-1868

Materials

Oil; Canvas

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Portrait

Categories

Paintings; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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