Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1830-1903) Prime Minister

  • About the work

    This portrait is an autograph copy and is clearly marked as a 'REPLICA' (painted across the top right of the canvas in large capitals). It was commissioned in 1912 by the committee formed for the purpose of erecting a statue to Salisbury within the Foreign Office, using surplus funds. The work was commissioned directly from Hubert von Herkomer and is presumably a copy of the painting exhibited at the Royal Academy 1894 (223). It was originally intended for No. 10 Downing Street. The whereabouts of the original work is currently unknown.

  • About the artist
    Hubert von Herkomer was born in Waal, Bavaria. In 1857, his family settled in Southampton, England. He later studied at the Department of Science and Art, South Kensington, where he took up illustration. In 1875, he exhibited ‘The Last Muster: Sunday in the Royal Hospital, Chelsea’ at the Royal Academy, to great acclaim. From 1873, he lived with his parents in the village of Bushey, Hertfordshire, later commissioning American architect Henry Hobson Richardson to design ‘Lululaund’, a castle-like residence in Bushey. Herkomer also founded an Art School in Bushey and succeeded Ruskin as Slade Professor of Art at Oxford University from 1885. In 1907, he was knighted. He died at the age of 64 during a trip to Devon.
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    Gascoyne-Cecil, Robert Arthur Talbot, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury
    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1830-1903) Prime Minister
    Oil on canvas
    height: 106.00 cm, width: 84.00 cm
    Presented by the Marquess of Salisbury Statue Committee, January 1912
    tr: REPLICA
    Commissioned from the artist by the Committee formed to erect a statue of Salisbury in the Foreign Office; presented to Office of Works for display at 10 Downing Street in 1912
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