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Image number: RS.9714
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Portrait of Joseph Lister

Date

1927

Sitter

Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister of Lyme Regis (1827-1912, British), Surgeon

Creator

Dorofield Hardy (1853-1937, British), Painter

After

Walter William Ouless (1848-1933, British), Painter

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

height (painting): 1426mm
width (painting): 1117mm

Subject

Content object

Description

Three-quarter length portrait of Lord Lister seated in a green leather and wooden armchair with scrolled arms, dressed in a black suit and bow tie with a white shirt. Four upright leather-bound volumes are visible on a desk behind. Lister is posed half-turned to the viewer’s left, with legs crossed, his right elbow leaning against the chair with this hand to his face, index finger on the cheek.

Joseph Lister was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1860, he served as its President from 1895 to 1900.

Transcription

Dorofield Hardy 1927. From the original painted by W.W.Ouless
room 16
LORD LISTER, Pres.R.S. Copy of the painting by W.W.OULESS, R.A

Object history

Commissioned by the Royal Society, 1927.

The commissioning followed immediately on the death of Lord Lister and is recorded in Council Minutes: “The Officers reported that there was no portrait of Lord Lister in the possession of the Royal Society, and that they had consequently commissioned Mr.Dorofield Hardy to make a copy of the portrait by Ouless of Lord Lister in the possession of the Royal College of Surgeons. Resolved – That the action of the Officers be approved and that the sum of £75 be voted from the Donation Fund in payment of the artist’s fees “ [Royal Society Council Minutes, Printed, CMP/13, 1926-1932, meeting of 10 February 1927, p.14].

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