Item description for High Society: The Life & Art of Sir Francis Grant by Catherine Wills...
This book, published to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Sir Francis Grant, reintroduces a dominant figure in the Victorian art world, a leading society portrait painter and the only Scottish president of the Royal Academy. Grant, the younger son of a Perthshire laird, was largely self-taught, learning his skills by copying Old Master paintings lent to him by family and friends. After spending a substantial inheritance on his great passions - hunting to hounds and collecting paintings - Grant took the unorthodox step of turning his talents to professional use. During sittings for him in 1839, Queen Victoria was to note in her diary that he was very good looking, was a gentleman, now paints for money. Grant's connections gave him an entr,e into aristocratic and government circles and he soon became a favourite with the key political figures of the day such as Derby, Disraeli and Palmerston.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 9.25" Height: 11.5" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date Jul 13, 2006
Publisher National Galleries Of Scotland
ISBN 1903278392 ISBN13 9781903278390
Availability 0 units.
More About Catherine Wills
Catherine Wells lives in Oxford, UK.
Catherine Wells currently resides in Tuscon Chicago, in the state of Arizona. Catherine Wells was born in 1946.