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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Francis Grant (1803-1878), Portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy

This does not include photographs, of which there are several examples in the NPG; Grant appears in two family group portraits in an album belonging to the 9th/12th Royal Lancers.

1822
Painting by Sir J. Watson Gordon (in Elizabethan costume). Collection of the Hon Mrs G. Walsh (his granddaughter), Langham.

1823
Painting by J. Ferneley (with his brothers on horseback). Leicester Museum and Art Gallery.

1825
Painting called Grant by J. Ferneley, the figures attributed to Grant (with Lord Howth, jumping a gate). Collection of Mrs A. Smith, Market Overton. Reproduced Major G. Paget, The Melton Mowbray of John Ferneley (1931), facing p 24. Another version: Howth Castle.

c.1840
Painting by himself. Collection of Mrs Malcolm Patten (his granddaughter), 1937. Reproduced Apollo, LXXIX (June 1964), 479.
Painting by himself. Collection of the Hon Mrs G. Walsh.

c.1842
Bust by E. Davis. Exhibited RA, 1842 (1330)

1843
Drawing by Count A. D'Orsay. Sotheby's, 13 February 1950 (lot 216), bought Colnaghi.

1845
Woodcut published ILN, VI (1845), 292.

c.1845
Painting by himself (NPG 1286).

c.1846
Painting by Sir J. Watson Gordon. Exhibited RA, 1846 (253).
Lithographed by T. Fairland (example in NPG; this is inscribed in pencil: 'Francis Grant/to/Count D'Orsay, 1847').

Miniature by Sir W. C. Ross. Collection of the Hon Mrs G. Walsh.
Drawing after this by Sir F. Grant (dated 1846): Sotheby's, 10 June 1965 (lot 12), bought Agnew.

c.1847
Bust by Count A. D'Orsay. Exhibited RA, 1847 (1434).

Plaster statuette by Count A. D'Orsay. Collection of Hon Mrs G. Walsh.

c.1850
Painting by J. Ferneley (on Grindal). Collection of Sir R. G. Gilmour, 1931.
Reproduced Major G. Paget, The Melton Mowbray of John Ferneley (1931), facing p 51. Probably the picture exhibited RA, 1850 (536).

Painting by J. Ferneley. Collection of Mrs Archibald Smith (his granddaughter), Market Overton.

Water-colour by an unknown artist (style of Dighton). Collection of the Hon Mrs G. Walsh.

c.1855
Engraving by J. Faed. Exhibited RA, 1855 (999).

c.1865
Painting by himself. Royal Academy, London.
Exhibited Treasures of the Royal Academy, RA, 1963 (234). Reproduced Country Life, CXXXXI (June 1962), 1372. Engraved by G. T. Doo, published 1879 (example in NPG), engraving exhibited RA, 1879 (1192).

1866
Woodcut published ILN, XLVIII (1866), 232.

c.1866
Marble bust by Miss M. Grant. Royal Academy, London.
Exhibited RA, 1866 (878). Plaster cast (NPG 1088). A small marble bust by Miss Grant is also in the Royal Academy.

c.1870
Drawing by C. B. Birch (with Sir E. Landseer) (NPG 2521).

1875
Marble bust by H. Weekes. Collection of T. Lewis, 1904.

c.1882
Bust by T. G. Stowers. Exhibited RA, 1882 (1243).

Undated
Painting by J. P. Knight. Scottish NPG.

Drawing by J. R. Swinton. Collection of Mrs Archibald Smith.

Drawing by D. Maclise. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Drawing by Sir E. Landseer. Landseer Sale, Christie's, 13 May 1874 (lot 764).

Parian ware bust by J. Noble. Royal Collection. Exhibited VE, 1892 (493).

Drawing called Grant and attributed to him. Küpferstichkabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden.



This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.