A PORTRAIT in oils of the founder of the Horniman Museum has gone on display to mark the 100th anniversary of his death.

The picture of Frederick Horniman by Arthur Haddon was unveiled by his great-granddaughter Harriet Horniman at the museum in London Road, Forest Hill.

It was previously on display in Falmouth, where Mr Horniman was a Liberal MP.

The portrait shows the Victorian tea trader and philanthropist in his study only months before his death in 1906.

Ms Horniman said: "It's immensely heart-warming in the centennial year of his death to see Frederick's museum thriving more strongly than ever as a major cultural attraction in London.

"I'm sure if Frederick was alive today he'd be very proud to see his passion for educating and delighting visitors about the cultural and natural world in the 21st Century."

The museum has had more than 750,000 visitors to date.