portrait of an officer c 1840 studio or circle of sir francis grant

Portrait of an Officer, c. 1840; Studio or Circle of Sir Francis Grant.



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Oil on canvas in the original gilded frame.
Portrait of an Infantry officer in undress uniform, c.1834-1848. The young sitter looks to one side as if lost in thought; his carefully tousled hair and 'mutton chop' side whiskers were the very height of fashion.
SIR FRANCIS GRANT P.R.A . (18 January 1803 5 October 1878) was a Scottish portrait painter who painted Queen Victoria and many distinguished British aristocratic and political figures. He served as President of the Royal Academy.
Grant was the fourth son of Francis Grant, Laird of Kilgraston, near Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, and his wife Anne Oliphant of Rossie. Grant was educated at Harrow School and Edinburgh High School.
In 1840 he exhibited an equestrian group of Queen Victoria riding with Lord Melbourne and others in Windsor Park, and became the fashionable portrait-painter of the day. His portrait of Lady Glenlyon, exhibited in 1842, increased his reputation, and for nearly 40 years graceful portraits in the Royal Academy exhibitions came from his studio.
Elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1842, Grant in 1851 became an Academician. In 1866, on the death of Charles Eastlake, Edwin Landseer turned down the seat of Academy President, and Grant was elected instead. He was knighted that year.
After some years of gradually failing health, Grant died of heart disease suddenly at his residence, The Lodge, Melton Mowbray, on 5 October 1878, and was interred in the Anglican cemetery, his relations having declined the usual honour of burial in St Paul's Cathedral. His funeral was conducted by the Archbishop of York on 12 October and many of the leading British artists attended, including Edward John Poynter, Edward Armitage, Thomas Woolner, Philip Hermogenes Calderon, and the American Albert Bierstadt.
SIZE: 40 x 34.25 inches including the frame.
PROVENANCE: Dorset Private Collection.
Internal Ref: 9238


Height = 101.5 cm (40")
Width = 87 cm (34")
Depth = 9.5 cm (4")

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