Sir Francis Grant
Portrait of a Lady (? Mrs Edmund Peel) c.1856

Artwork details

Sir Francis Grant 1803–1878
Portrait of a Lady (? Mrs Edmund Peel)
Date c.1856
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2235 x 1334 mm
frame: 2590 x 1670 x 135 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1991
Not on display

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Grant was born into an aristocratic Scottish family. He began painting for a living in his mid-twenties, having spent his inheritance. A keen fox-hunter himself, he made his name with sporting paintings and hunt group pictures. His social connections enabled him to move easily into fashionable portraiture, at which he was both successful and prolific. In 1866 he was elected President of the Royal Academy.
Grant's ability to integrate a sitter harmoniously into an open-air setting lies in the tradition of English portraiture from Sir Anthony van Dyck to Sir Thomas Lawrence. This lady is probably the young wife of Edmund Peel of Bryn-y-pys, now in Clwyd. Grant painted her in 1856, only four years before her death.

September 2004