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 quite famous painting by Reynolds which is today at the Ringling Museum of Art (Florida): 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.
Share
Tags
Rating
Average rating: No votes
Your rating:
Actions
Add artwork to a list
Send message about this artwork
Our Approach:
Here at The Athenaeum, we work very hard to make this site a sanctuary from the commercial web. We want to provide 99% of our content for free (and currently, *all* of it is free), and not to blast you with advertising. However, we are not a rich company or foundation. This site is a labour of love produced over many years by a couple of people. Since late 2000 when we started the site, we have invested thousands of dollars of our personal money to keep it going. Currently, the hosting service costs us about $200 a month. If you would like to support The Athenaeum, you can donate directly through Paypal below, or shop using any of the links on this page.

Buy posters or prints by Sir Joshua Reynolds at Art.com