SIR FRANCIS GRANT, P.R.A.
Edinburgh 1803 - 1878 Melton Mowbray
Portrait of a lady on horseback, possibly a study of Queen Victoria
Pen and brown ink on watermarked laid paper
230 by 183 mm (drawing)
380 by 319 mm (mount)
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This work is very well preserved. On close inspection the sheet has very minor creases and surface dirt. The work in not laid down, but attached to a high-quality mount at the four corners. The work is sold unframed.
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By descent in the family of the artist
This lively drawing may depict the fabled British monarch, who sat for Grant in both 1845 (Queen Victoria on Horseback - Royal Collection) and 1850 (Queen Victoria reviewing her troops (Army and Navy Club, London)).
In 1866 Grant was appointed President of the Royal Academy and was knighted that same year.