Frederick William Hervey, 1st Marquess of Bristol, MP, FRS, FSA (1769-1859)
Sir Francis Grant PRA (Kilgraston 1803 - Melton Mowbray 1878)
Oil painting on canvas, Frederick William Hervey, 1st Marquess of Bristol, MP, FRS, FSA (1769-1859) by Sir Francis Grant PRA (Kilgraston 1803 - Melton Mowbray 1878), 1845. A three-quarter-length portrait of an elderly man, turned to the right, gazing at the spectator, seated on a red upholstered chair, at a circular table with a green cloth, various books and papers on table, wearing black jacket and trousers, high white collar; short grey hair; left hand on table, a brown leather book in his right resting on his knee. Brown draped curtain and book shelves in background, Grant's sitters' book records a half-length portrait of the Marquess in December 1844 and, in 1845, a small copy made of this and the 1843 portrait of the Marchioness. The 1845 copies are at Ickworth. The sketch (ICK/P/245) is presumably the initial idea for the 1844 work, and relates closely to the 1845 copy. It is the only oil sketch on canvas of this type known to have survived.
Painted in 1845 for the sitter, and thence by inheritance and descent to the 4th Marquess (1863-1951), on whose death valued for probate; accepted in lieu of tax by HM Treasury, and transferred to the National Trust in 1956
Ickworth, The Bristol Collection (acquired through the National Land Fund and transferred to The National Trust in 1956)
Makers and roles
Sir Francis Grant PRA (Kilgraston 1803 - Melton Mowbray 1878), artist
Wills 2003 Catherine Wills, High Society: The Life and Work of Sir Francis Grant 1803-1878, exh. cat. National Galleries of Scotland, 2003, p.91, under no.37