An image of The Hon. Frederick North

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

(France 29 Aug 1780 – 14 Jan 1867)

The Hon. Frederick North

Other titles:
The Hon. Frederick North (later Earl of Guildford)
Location
Not on display
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.

Year
1815
Media
Drawing
Medium
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 AO 1992
Accession number
120.1992