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Oil painting - The Right Honourable John Bright, MP (1811-1889)
  • The Right Honourable John Bright, MP (1811-1889)
    Lucy, Charles
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The Right Honourable John Bright, MP (1811-1889)

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Date:

    1869 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lucy, Charles (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Joshua Walmsley

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage


1869 (painted)


Lucy, Charles (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

C Lucy 1869
signed and dated


Height: 58.3 cm approx., Width: 73.6 cm 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.

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Oil Painting, 'The Right Honorable John Bright MP (1811-1889)', Charles Lucy, 1869


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting


Paintings; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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