“Eminent Men” by W. Warman who does not have a Wikipedia page! In fact, according to the World Wide Web, he barely exists. But he did paint “Eminent Women” on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne (1857). The queen is naturally in the center.
This is the companion piece, “Eminent Men.” Shakespeare is in the center. Fine. Other eminent men radiate out from Shakespeare apparently placed according to their respective eminences. Bacon is #72.
THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!
Oliver Cromwell is #4 and our very own Francis Bacon is #72!?!
Five Americans are represented among the eminent:
Daniel Webster #11 (really??)
James Fenimore Cooper #31 (seriously?)
George Washington #50
Washington Irving #60
Benjamin Franklin #87
Where’s TJ? Where’ Bradford?
No wonder I can’t find anything much about W. Warman.
From Horizon A Magazine of the Arts Volume I Number 3 January 1959 (p42-3)