Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865) Prime Minister
Mezzotint1 May 1852
About the work
Place: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Whitehall
About the artist
John Partridge was born in Glasgow. He studied under Thomas Phillips from c.1815 in London. In 1823, he travelled to France and then onto Italy, where he remained until 1827. He later settled in London, living first in Marylebone, before moving to fashionable Grosvenor Square and enjoying the patronage of many aristocrats. A self-portrait shows him in his richly furnished drawing room, surrounded by relatives and his fashionably dressed wife. He was appointed Portrait Painter Extraordinaire to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1842.
Samuel Cousins was a well known mezzotint engraver of portraits and decorative subjects after his contemporaries and 18th-century British artists. Born in Exeter, he was the pupil of, and assistant to, the engraver S. W. Reynolds. Cousins set up his own business in London in 1825 and would later become the first engraver to be elected a Royal Academician. He engraved plates after the foremost artists of his day including Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873), Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896) and Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873). His younger brother Henry Cousins (c.1809-1864) was also a mezzotint engraver.
- Temple, Henry John, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
- bust (as Subject), quill, ink pot/ink stand, paper (as Subject), book, male portrait, 19th century costume, waistcoat, trousers, morning coat, Viscount, Prime Minister, carpet, chair, table (as Subject), state interior
- Materials & Techniques