Josephine Elizabeth Butler (née Grey), 1828-1906

George Richmond, RA (1809-1896)



24 in. x 18 3/8 in. (610 mm x 468 mm) overall

National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG 6482

This well-known portrait of Josephine Butler was commissioned by her father, an Abolitionist or Anti-Slavery campaigner, long before his daughter became known for her own reforming zeal. It was commissioned to mark the occasion of her engagement, and cost her parents thirty guineas. Richmond's usual fee for such a portrait. She sat for it while visiting London for the Great Exhibition (see Marsh).

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