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An image of The Hon. Frederick North by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

(France 29 Aug 1780 – 14 Jan 1867)

Title
The Hon. Frederick North
Other titles:
The Hon. Frederick North (later Earl of Guildford)
Year
1815
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
pencil
Dimensions

21.5 x 16.8 cm sheet; 47.0 x 41.0 x 1.7 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l.l., pencil "Ingres...". Not dated.
Credit
Gift of James Fairfax AC 1992
Accession number
120.1992
Location
Temporary exhibitions gallery
Further information

Using none of his reputed nine languages, including Latin and Greek, this aristocratic sitter communicates silently across two centuries. The artist who drew him, and with such a grasp of his proprietorial ease, has made a truly speaking likeness. Ingres trained with his father, a minor artist from Montauban, and at the Royal Academy in Toulouse. In 1796 he entered David's studio, winning the prestigious Prix de Rome. Between 1804 and 1822 Ingres lived and studied in Rome, his spiritual home. After the collapse of the Napoleonic Empire he earned his living from portraiture, mainly in pencil and almost exclusively of English tourists to the Eternal City. Some 450 examples are known. 'The Hon. Frederick North' boasts the key ingredients of the Ingres method: an engraved simplicity of outline, subtle modelling of interior form, and a direct engagement with the subject's face. The result is a an image of nearly photographic definition.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999.

Bibliography (18)

Agnew's, London, French and English drawings 1800-1965, London, 1965, (illus.). cat.no. 20

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Great gifts, great patrons: an exhibition celebrating private patronage of the Gallery, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 1992, Sydney, 1992, 67.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, The James Fairfax collection of old masters, Sydney, 1992. no catalogue numbers

Richard Beresford and Peter Raissis, The James Fairfax collection of old master paintings, drawings and prints, Sydney, 2003, 104-5, 105 (colour illus.). cat.no. 27

Edmund Capon, Great philanthropists on trial : the art of the bequest, 'The James Fairfax collection', pg.126-135, Melbourne, 2006, 131, 133 (colour illus.). fig.5

Uwe Fleckner, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, 'The French in Rome', pg.54-71, Cologne, 2000, 68, 69 (illus.). fig. 64

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Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales Collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 128 (colour illus.).

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Terence Maloon and Peter Raissis (Editors), Michelangelo to Matisse: drawing the figure, Sydney, 1999, 167 (illus.). cat.no. 162

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Editor Unknown (Editor), The Burlington Magazine, London, Jul 1964, (illus.). advertisment

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Exhibition history (6)

French and English drawings 1800-1965, Agnew's, London, London, 15 Jun 1965–10 Jul 1965

The James Fairfax collection of old masters, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Apr 1992–14 Jun 1992

Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994

Michelangelo to Matisse: Drawing the figure, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Nov 1999–27 Feb 2000

The James Fairfax collection of old master paintings, drawings and prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Apr 2003–20 Jul 2003

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014