Sir John Gilbert was born in Blackheath, London; the son of a land and estate agent. He had some lessons from George Lance, but was largely self-taught. During his career he showed 20 works at the Society of Artists, 40 at the British Institution, 51 at the Royal Academy and 260 at the Old Watercolour Society, becoming a member of the latter in 1854 and President in 1871. He was knighted in 1872 and gained membership of the Royal Academy in 1876. Although he preferred history painting, he was primarily an illustrator. He illustrated works by English poets, as well as religious or literary works. He also designed 829 plates for an edition of Shakespeare (published 1860) and produced some 30,000 drawings for the ‘Illustrated London News’.
Wood, Charles, 1st Viscount HalifaxGraham, Sir James Robert George, 2nd BaronetMolesworth, Sir William, 8th BaronetGladstone, William EwartCampbell, George Douglas, 8th Duke of ArgyllVilliers, George William Frederick, 4th Earl of ClarendonPetty-Fitzmaurice, Henry, 3rd Marquess of LansdowneRussell, John, 1st Earl RussellLeveson-Gower, Granville George, 2nd Earl GranvilleGordon, George Hamilton, 4th Earl of AberdeenRolfe, Robert Monsey, Baron CranworthTemple, Henry John, 3rd Viscount PalmerstonGrey, Sir George, 2nd BaronetHerbert, Sidney, 1st Baron Herbert of LeaPelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes, 5th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyme
The Aberdeen Cabinet, Deciding upon the Expedition to the Crimea
published 4 June 1857
Purchased from Suckling and Co., March 1965
Original signatures of sitters in ink above title lettering: Charles Wood, J.R.G. Graham, William Molesworth, W. Gladstone, Argyll, Clarendon, Lansdowne, Russell, Granville, Aberdeen, Cranworth, Palmerston, G. Grey, Sidney Herbert, Newcastle.
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