John Manners, Marquess of Granby
441 x 581 • 298 KB
Unsigned. Previously attributed to Sir Joshua Reynolds, what seemed plausible taken into account the provenance. This drawing is linked with the painting by Reynolds which is today at Trinity College, Cambridge: it could be a preparatory work for this painting, which has been commissioned to Reynolds by the Duc de Broglie, adversary of John Manners at the battles of Warburg and Villinghausen (1760, 1761). Nevertheless, the drawing is also linked to an etching of approximately the same size by James Watson (see the British Museum database), achieved around 1780: so the drawing could be also a preparatory work by Watson for the etching; it could be also a copy of the etching, but of the same period (and taken into account the provenance, the De Broglie family, it seems to me less plausible). The watercolour does not match with the real colours of the marquess's clothes; it could have been added after the achievement of the charcoal drawing, may be by an unknown french artist, to add some colours for decorative purposes, as the piece has been exhibited during all the 19th Century in a castle (property of de Broglie family)...
Owner/Location: Private collection
Dates: circa 1766
Artist age:Approximately 43 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 73 cm (28.74 in.), Width: 60 cm (23.62 in.)
Medium: Drawing - charcoal
with watercolour
Entered by: Member loujema on 10 February 2013.
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