Laugée, Désiré (1823-96; French)
Edward Bulwer – Lord Lytton of Knebworth 1872
Charcoal, wash and pencil, 25 x 26.8 cm (sheet)
Purchased 1881
National Gallery of Victoria (p.168.9-1) 

Like a number of other drawings shown in the international exhibitions held in Brisbane and Melbourne in 1880-81, this portrait was made for The Graphic.

The sitter (1803-73), an occasional parliamentarian and, briefly, Secretary of State for the Colonies (1858-59), was raised to the peerage in 1866. He also wrote The Last Days of Pompeii (1834) and other novels.

Laugée was a naturalist painter who also portrayed Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas (both of whom he knew).


AR 1881, p.54; NGV 1894, p.54 (II.Stawell Gallery, no.60); NGV 1905, p.59 (II.Stawell Gallery, no.83; ill.) [£18] 

For Bulwer, see e.g. For the artist (not listed in AKL), see Bénézit 8, pp.521-22 and internet references, e.g. and (portrait of Victor Hugo, also forThe Graphic)