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Image number: RS.9733
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Portrait of Alexander Pedler




Alexander Pedler (1849-1918, British), Chemist


Hal Hurst (1865-1938, British), Painter

Object type



height (painting): 1416mm
width (painting): 1120mm


Content object

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Half-length portrait of Sir Alexander Pedler standing, in uniform, leaning against a high-backed chair upon which is thrown an Indian [Bengali?] floral textile. Pedler holds white gloves and helmet in his right hand, the arm of which is crooked, elbow to chair. His right hand rests against his sword. Pedler wears dark blue uniform with gold lace collar and cuffs, gold buttons and cavalry stripe. There are two medals at his jacket breast: Companion, Order of the Indian Empire is to the left as viewed. Pedler is shown with a short beard with waxed moustaches.

Alexander Pedler was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1892.

Object history

Presented by Mrs Saunders, 1925.

The receipt of the work is recorded in Council Minutes: “The Treasurer reported the receipt from Mrs. Saunders of a gift of a portrait of Sir Alexander Pedler by Hall Hurst. Resolved – That the thanks of Council be tendered to Mrs. Saunders for her gift.“ [Royal Society Council Minutes, Printed, 1920-1926, CMP/12, meeting of 22 January 1925, p.253].

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