Portrait of Lord Grantham

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of Lord Grantham

Artist/Maker:

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (French, 1780 - 1867)

Culture:

French

Date:

1816

Medium:

Graphite

Dimensions:

40.5 × 28.3 cm (15 15/16 × 11 1/8 in.)

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Thomas Robinson, the third Baron Grantham and later Earl de Grey, was thirty-five when Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres drew this refined portrait. Ingres chose a pose that combined the informality of youth and the self-assurance of his subject's aristocratic origins. Grantham, who commissioned this portrait himself, stands confidently against a distant view of Saint Peter's Basilica, an important site for Grand Tourists and one that Ingres often included in portraits.

Ingres made this drawing when he was a struggling young artist living in Rome, earning his living by drawing portraits of wealthy visitors to the city.

Provenance
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Thomas Phillip de Grey, second earl de Grey, 1781 - 1859 (London and Yorkshire)

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Mrs. Henry Vyner (Yorkshire)

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Robert Charles de Grey Vyner (Yorkshire)

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Lady Alwynne Frederick Compton (Yorkshire)

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Major Edward Robert Francis Compton (Yorkshire)

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Robert Edward John Compton

Exhibitions
British Portraits (November 24, 1956 to March 3, 1957) (693)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), November 24, 1956 to March 3, 1957
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (63)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (109)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Classicism and Neoclassicism in French Drawing, 1600-1860 (October 25, 1994 to January 8, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 25, 1994 to January 8, 1995
Portrait Drawings 1500 - 1900 (January 30 to May 12, 1996)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), January 30 to May 12, 1996
Master Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998
Portraits by Ingres (January 27 to August 22, 1999) (64; catalogue edited by G. Tinterow and P. Conisbee)
  • The National Gallery (London), January 27 to April 25, 1999
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), May 23 to August 22, 1999
Posing for Posterity: Portrait Drawings from the Collection (October 30, 2001 to January 20, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 30, 2001 to January 20, 2002