There are three authentic portraits of Baron William Thomson Kelvin, best known as Lord Kelvin. Kelvin was a highly influential physicist and inventor. He is most famous for his work in thermodynamics and telegraphy. Kelvin was born in Ireland in 1824 and died in 1907.
Portrait #1, Elizabeth King, 1886-1887
Elizabeth King (née Thomson) painted Portrait #1. The painting is dated 1886-1887. King (1818-1896) was the sister of Lord Kelvin.
Portrait # 2, Sir Leslie Ward, 1897
Portrait #2 is a watercolor that was published in Vanity Fair in 1897. The artist was Sir Leslie Ward (1851-1922).
Portrait #3, Sir Hubert von Herkomer, Date Unknown
Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914) painted portrait #3. The date of this painting is unknown. It is likely that there are additional authentic portraits of Lord Kelvin. It appears that the scientist was frequently portrayed. Still wondering about a portrait in your family collection? Contact us... it could be a portrait of Lord Kelvin.