Portrait of Lord Grantham

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of Lord Grantham

Artist/Maker(s):

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

Culture:

French

Date:

1816

Medium:

Graphite

Dimensions:

40.5 x 28.3 cm (15 15/16 x 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

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

Mrs. Henry Vyner (Yorkshire)

Robert Charles de Grey Vyner (Yorkshire)

Lady Alwynne Frederick Compton (Yorkshire)

Major Edward Robert Francis Compton (Yorkshire)

Robert Edward John Compton

Exhibitions
British Portraits (November 24 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) (109)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 25, 1994 to January 8, 1995
Portrait Drawings 1500 - 1900 (January 30 to May 12, 1996) (109)
  • 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) (109)
  • 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) (64; catalogue edited by G. Tinterow and P. Conisbee)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 30, 2001 to January 20, 2002