Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

Sir Lionel Henry Cust

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

How you can use this image


This image is available to be shared and re-used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND).

You can reproduce this image for non-commercial purposes and you are not able to change or modify it in any way.

Wherever you reproduce the image you must attribute the original creators (acknowledge the original artist(s) and the person/organisation that took the photograph of the work) and any other rights holders.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find more images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.


Buy a print or image licence

If you like this artwork you can support the collection by purchasing a reproduction as a framed OR unframed art print. We offer a selection of professionally made frames that will make your purchase look great in your home, office or other preferred setting.

Need a digital version for your site or publication? You can purchase a digital licence from Art UK and download an electronic copy of this reproduction.


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

As Director of the National Portrait Gallery (1895–1909), he oversaw its establishment on the present site. He held the Directorship jointly with that of Surveyor of the King's Pictures (1901–1927). The most prolific contributor to the Dictionary of National Biography (1900), Cust wrote more than three hundred entries. He was co-editor of the Burlington with Roger Fry from 1909 to 1919, and as major contributor on early British art, particularly portraiture, was a foil to Fry in many ways including in the matter of dress. But his tastes were broad, and he was on the executive committee of Fry's Manet and the Post-Impressionists exhibition in 1910, and was for many years chairman of the Art for Schools Association.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Sir Lionel Henry Cust




oil on board


H 35.3 x W 25.2 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

Purchased, 1995

Work type



See a tag that’s incorrect or offensive? Challenge it and notify Art UK.

Help improve Art UK. Tag artworks and verify existing tags by joining the Tagger community.

National Portrait Gallery, London

St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London WC2H 0HE England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue