Sir Charles James Freake

"T" (Théobald Chartran)

31 March 1883

Watercolour on blue paper

11 7/8 in. x 7 1/8 in. (301 mm x 182 mm) overall

Vanity Fair

Source: © National Portrait Gallery, London

NPG 2574

Signed in monogram bottom right: "T"

Almost 69 at this time, and newly honoured with his baronetcy, Freake looks self-assured, solid in girth and stance, without any affectation of refinement. Like many a self-made man, he was not just at ease with his lowly origins, but proud of having risen from them to his present standing. [Commentary continues below. Mouse over the text for links.]

Image downloaded, and caption material added, with thanks to the gallery, by Jacqueline Banerjee [Click on the image to enlarge it.]