Private View of the Old Masters Exhibition, Royal Academy, 1888
Private View of the Old Masters Exhibition, Royal Academy, 1888
by Henry Jamyn Brooks
oil on canvas, 1889
60 7/8 in. x 106 7/8 in. (1545 mm x 2715 mm)
Given by Henry Jamyn Brooks, 1919
Artistback to top
- Henry Jamyn Brooks (1839-1925), Painter. Artist associated with 4 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Sittersback to top
- Sir William Agnew, 1st Bt (1825-1910), Art dealer. Sitter in 4 portraits. (In this portrait)
- Henrietta Blanche (née Stanley), Countess of Airlie (1830-1921), Wife of 5th Earl of Airlie; daughter of 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley. Sitter in 5 portraits.
- Laura Theresa (née Epps), Lady Alma-Tadema (1852-1909), Painter; second wife of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema; daughter of George Napoleon Epps. Sitter in 4 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits. (In this portrait)
- Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), Painter. Sitter in 40 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits. (In this portrait)
- Victoria Marjorie Harriet Paget (née Manners), Marchioness of Anglesey (1883-1946), Writer and artist; wife of 6th Marquess of Anglesey; daughter of 8th Duke of Rutland. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt (1834-1890), Sculptor. Sitter in 16 portraits, Artist associated with 33 portraits. (In this portrait)
- Henry Jamyn Brooks (1839-1925), Painter. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist associated with 4 portraits.
- Michael Arthur Bass, 1st Baron Burton (1837-1909), Brewer, philanthropist, art collector and politician; Liberal MP for Stafford. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Sir Frederic William Burton (1816-1900), Watercolour painter and Director of the National Gallery. Sitter in 6 portraits, Artist associated with 11 portraits. (In this portrait)
- Charles Butler (1821-1910), Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Philip Hermogenes Calderon (1833-1898), Historical and genre painter. Sitter in 12 portraits, Artist associated with 2 portraits. (In this portrait)
- John Stuart Bligh, 6th Earl of Darnley (1827-1896). Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Alfred Charles de Rothschild (1842-1918), Banker; Director of the Bank of England; Trustee of the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection; son of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild, Baron de Rothschild. Sitter in 7 portraits.
- Ferdinand James Anselm de Rothschild, Baron de Rothschild (1839-1898), Art collector and politician; MP for Aylesbury. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- Henry Edward Doyle (1827-1892), Director of the National Gallery of Ireland. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist associated with 4 portraits.
- Sir Frederick Alexis Eaton (1838-1913), Secretary of the Royal Academy, editor and writer. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- Ayscough Fawkes (1831-1899). Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Charles Drury Edward Fortnum (1820-1899), Art collector. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton (1830-1896), Painter; President of the Royal Academy. Sitter in 59 portraits, Artist associated with 7 portraits. (In this portrait)
- William Powell Frith (1819-1909), Painter. Sitter in 25 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits. (In this portrait)
- William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Prime Minister and writer. Sitter associated with 318 portraits.
- Charles Henry Mills, 1st Baron Hillingdon (1830-1898), Banker. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- John Evan Hodgson (1831-1895), Genre painter. Sitter in 5 portraits. (In this portrait)
- Francis Montague ('Frank') Holl (1845-1888), Painter; son of Francis Holl. Sitter in 5 portraits, Artist associated with 18 portraits. (In this portrait)
- John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903), Painter and Royal Academician. Sitter in 11 portraits, Artist associated with 10 portraits. (In this portrait)
- William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), Pre-Raphaelite painter. Sitter in 28 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits. (In this portrait)
- Victor Albert George Child-Villiers, 7th Earl of Jersey (1845-1915), Colonial governor. Sitter in 11 portraits.
- Margaret Elizabeth Child-Villiers (née Leigh), Countess of Jersey (1849-1945), Political hostess, philanthropist and children's writer; wife of 7th Earl of Jersey; daughter of 2nd Baron Leigh. Sitter in 8 portraits.
- Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt (1829-1896), Painter and President of the Royal Academy. Sitter in 74 portraits, Artist associated with 41 portraits. (In this portrait)
- Mary Millais (1860-1944), Second daughter of Sir John Everett Millais. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Edward Philip Monckton (1840-1912). Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Alfred Morrison (1821-1897), Collector. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Lady Dorothy Fanny Nevill (née Walpole) (1826-1913), Hostess and horticulturalist; wife of Reginald Henry Nevill; daughter of 3rd Earl of Orford. Sitter in 7 portraits.
- James Charles Herbert Welbore Ellis Agar, 3rd Earl of Normanton (1818-1896), Conservative politician; MP for Wilton. Sitter in 7 portraits.
- Sir William Quiller Orchardson (1832-1910), Portrait and subject painter. Sitter associated with 19 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits. (In this portrait)
- Margaret Emma Alice ('Margot') Asquith (née Tennant), Countess of Oxford and Asquith (1864-1945), Society hostess; second wife of 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith; daughter of Sir Charles Tennant, 1st Bt. Sitter associated with 52 portraits.
- Sir John Pender (1815-1896), Pioneer of submarine telegraphy. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Mervyn Wingfield, 7th Viscount Powerscourt (1836-1904), Collector. Sitter in 10 portraits.
- Sir Edward John Poynter, 1st Bt (1836-1919), Painter and President of the Royal Academy. Sitter associated with 28 portraits, Artist associated with 4 portraits. (In this portrait)
- George Richmond (1809-1896), Portrait painter and draughtsman; son of Thomas Richmond. Sitter in 14 portraits, Artist associated with 325 portraits.
- Sir John Charles Robinson (1824-1913), Etcher, museum curator, Art collector and connoisseur. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- John Ruskin (1819-1900), Writer, artist and social reformer. Sitter associated with 80 portraits. (In this portrait)
- (Marion Margaret) Violet Manners (née Lindsay), Duchess of Rutland (1856-1937), Artist; wife of 8th Duke of Rutland. Sitter in 12 portraits, Artist associated with 71 portraits.
- Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), Artist and art historian; first Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter in 79 portraits, Artist associated with 440 portraits. (In this portrait)
- Sir Philip Burne-Jones, 2nd Bt (1861-1926), Painter. Sitter in 15 portraits, Artist of 3 portraits.
- John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer (1835-1910), Politician, Lord President of the Council and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Sitter in 37 portraits.
- Charlotte Frances Frederica Spencer (née Seymour), Countess Spencer (1835-1903), Wife of 5th Earl Spencer; daughter of Frederick Charles William Seymour. Sitter in 11 portraits.
- Marcus Clayton Stone (1840-1921), Genre painter and illustrator; son of Frank Stone. Sitter in 16 portraits. (In this portrait)
- Alice Joanna Street (née Wells) (active circa 1857-circa 1891), Daughter of Henry Tanworth Wells. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Sir Charles Clow Tennant, 1st Bt (1823-1906), Scottish businessman, industrialist, Liberal politician and patron of art. MP for Glasgow and Peebles and Selkirk. Sitter in 5 portraits.
- Sir Richard Wallace, 1st Bt (1818-1890), Art collector, connoisseur and philanthropist. Sitter in 9 portraits.
- Robert James Loyd-Lindsay, Baron Wantage (1832-1901), Soldier; recipient of the Victoria Cross, benefactor and politician. Sitter in 12 portraits.
- Harriet Sarah (née Loyd), Lady Wantage (1837-1920), Benefactor; wife of Baron Wantage; daughter of Baron Overstone. Sitter associated with 8 portraits.
- Humphry Ward (1845-1926), Journalist and writer. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), Painter and sculptor. Sitter in 43 portraits, Artist associated with 91 portraits. (In this portrait)
- Henry Tanworth Wells (1828-1903), Miniature and portrait painter. Sitter in 8 portraits, Artist associated with 107 portraits. (In this portrait)
- Edward Montagu Stuart Granville Montagu-Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Wharncliffe (1827-1899), Railway executive, landowner and art collector. Sitter in 7 portraits.
- Susan Charlotte (née Lascelles), Countess of Wharncliffe (1834-1927), Wife of 1st Earl of Wharncliffe; daughter of 3rd Earl of Harewood. Sitter in 5 portraits.
- Sir Herbert Lloyd Watkin Williams-Wynn, 7th Bt (1860-1944), Landowner and politician: MP for Denbighshire. Sitter in 3 portraits.
This portraitback to top
For the hundred years subsequent to its foundation in 1768, the Royal Academy of Arts dominated the contemporary British art scene. The annual exhibition, open to all-comers, was the proving ground for an artist's skill and reputation. Henry Jamyn Brooks was inspired to paint this group portrait by the example of William Powell Frith's painting The Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881. Brooks did not choose to depict, like Frith, the Summer Exhibition of contemporary art but instead one of the Winter Loan Exhibitions of Old Master paintings which began in 1870. The portrait features the cream of late Victorian society, including many leading artists, gathered before a display of fine paintings in Room 3 of the Royal Academy.
Related worksback to top
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Bennett, Sue, Five Centuries of Women and Gardens, 2000 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 October 2000 to 21 January 2001), p. 85
- Hall, Michael, Waddesdon Manor : the heritage of a Rothschild house / foreword by Lord Rothschild; text by Michael Hall; photographs by John Bigelow Taylor., 2002, pp. -
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 714
Placesback to top
- Place portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Mediaback to top
Events of 1889back to top
Current affairsThe London Dock strike takes place resulting in a victory for the dock workers striking over pay and conditions.
Prevention of Cruelty to Children Act, allowing legal intervention between children and parents for the first time.
Charles Booth, the English social scientist, publishes the first volume of Life and Labour of the People, an extensive survey into the living conditions of London's East End working class communities.
Art and scienceGeorge Gissing's The Nether World, a dark account of the lives of the urban poor in Clerkenwell, is published. Gissing absorbs the French naturalist style of writers such as Emile Zola to produce a harshly realistic observation of life in London at the end of the nineteenth century.
InternationalThe Eiffel Tower is erected, designed by the French engineer and bridge builder Alexandre Gustave Eiffel for the Paris Exposition. At 300m high, it was the tallest manmade structure in the world at the time.
The Second International organisation is formed at a Congress in Paris by various socialist and labour parties, with the intention of working together for international socialism. It also declared 1 May International Labour Day.
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