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Alfred, Count D'Orsay
by Sir George Hayter Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 1839
50 1/8 in. x 40 in. (1273 mm x 1016 mm)
- Alfred, Count D'Orsay (1801-1852), Amateur artist and man of fashion. Sitter associated with 13 portraits, Artist associated with 246 portraits.
- Sir George Hayter (1792-1871), Portrait and history painter; son of Charles Hayter. Artist associated with 198 portraits, Sitter associated with 16 portraits.
- Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 196
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 170
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 175
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 184
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