English painter and . In 1636 he married Judith Hoskins. Des Granges is recorded in 1628 as the engraver of Raphael's St George and the Dragon
(1506; Washington, DC, N.G.). He was a prolific miniature painter. His use of dark grey or light brown backgrounds was unusual and he frequently signed his works with the initials D.D.G.
arranged in a triangle. In 1640 he made a miniature copy, now at Ham House, Surrey, of Titian's of Alfonso d'Avalos, Marchese del Vasto
. 1532; Paris, Louvre), then in the collection of Charles I. Des Granges took the royalist side during the English period; he followed Charles II to Scotland and produced many miniatures of his royal patron. The earlier versions were copied from the (c.
1648; see Murdoch, pl. 7e) by Adriaen Hannemann, but des Granges evolved a novel contribution to the of Charles II in his portraits of the King c.
1651 (e.g. ex-Newdegate col., see Murdoch, pl. 155). In 1671, disabled and unable to support his family, he had to plead for the payment owed for 13 of these Civil War miniatures. He is believed to have died shortly after this.
Des Granges's oil are less well known than his miniatures. The Saltonstall Family (1636–7; see Lace, fig. 3) is attributed to him on the basis of his other signed portraits. Despite its it has a sensitivity and intimacy that is exceptional in painting.
E. Einberg: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London, Tate cat. (London, 1974–6), pp. 22–3
M. Edmond: ‘Limners and Picturemakers', Walpole Soc., xlvii (1978–80), pp. 123–4
J. Murdoch and others: The English Miniature (London, 1981), pp. 135–9