Undated, by Woodman (from around 1845)
Portrait by George Richmond, 1844
Photograph: 1865 (courtesy of H.J. Whitlock & Sons, Ltd.)
Photograph: 1860s; courtesy of Birmingham Oratory
"Those sad long years of anxiety have stamped themselves on my face - and now that they are at an end, yet I cannot change what has become a physical effect."
(The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, ed. Charles Stephen Dessain et al., vol. 12; London: 1961-1972, 223)
"I am an old man; my hair white, my eyes sunk in . . . but when I shut my eyes and merely think, I can't believe I am more than 25 years old, and smile to think how differently strangers must think of me from my own internal feelings."
(The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, ed. Charles Stephen Dessain et al., vol. 20; London: 1961-1972, 409)
Photographs: c. 1863
Engraving by Brown: 1873
". . . very kindly, with a sort of grave sweet simplicity which coming from so old a man, has in it something inexpressibly touching . . . He looks very aged, hair more white than silvery, body stooped, a very large and prominent nose and large chin, brow which seems good, though one can't see it for the tangled hair falling over it; an air of melancholy, as of one who has passed through terrible struggles, yet of serenity, as of one who had found peace. Not a priest in his manner - still an Englishman more than a Roman Catholic."
(The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, ed. Charles Stephen Dessain et al., vol. 29; Oxford: 1973-1977, 238, n. 1)
Sketch by Lady Coleridge, 1874; courtesy of Franciscan nuns of Maryland, Milford-on-Sea
"[It is] impossible to describe his fascination of voice and manner . . . his voice was low and very sweet; it had a wonderful ring of sympathy in it."
(The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, ed. Charles Stephen Dessain et al., vol. 28; Oxford: 1973-1977, 32, n. 2)
Biographer Ian Ker adds:
"Lady Coleridge's mysteriously evocative drawing . . . strikingly conveys the kind of impression his expression and manner made on strangers who met him for the first time."
Photograph at Rome in 1879, upon becoming a Cardinal; courtesy of Birmingham Oratory
Painting by W.W. Ouless, 1879; courtesy of Birmingham Oratory
Photograph: c. 1884; Bettmann Archive
Photograph: Louis Barraud, 1885
Photograph by Louis Barraud, 1885
"[his voice had] much of its old strange sweetness . . . the look of almost anxious searching had passed into the look of perfect peace. His mind was not only bright as ever, but with the cheerfulness and humour of youth. [He welcomed me with] great and perfect humility."
(The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, ed. Charles Stephen Dessain et al., vol. 31; Oxford: 1973-1977, 184, n. 5)
Portrait by Emmeline Deane, 1889; courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery
by Henry J. Whitlock
Portrait by Sir John Everett Millais, National Portrait Gallery, London
Close-Up of Millais Portrait
Selected, compiled, and (partially) scanned by Dave Armstrong: 10 December 1999; additions on 28 August 2002. Added to blog on 20 November 2006, with four photographs added. Revised with a few better (or lightened) versions on 17 June 2011, with six new photos / portraits added.