John Lowther, 1st Viscount Lonsdale (1655-1700) First Lord of the Treasury & Lord Privy Seal

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Other
    City: storage
  • About the artist
    Hyacinthe Rigaud was the son of a dress tailor but came from a long line of artists. He spent four years in the studio of Paul Pézet, in Montpellier, and also worked with Antoine Ranc. He then spent a further four years in Lyon, before arriving in Paris in 1681, where he entered the Académie Royale and worked in Charles Le Brun’s studio. Rigaud remained in Paris throughout his career, establishing himself as a portrait painter. He was elected an academician as a portraitist in 1687 and as a history painter in 1700. He was made a knight of the Order of St Michael in 1727. He became Louis XIV’s ‘painter par excellence’, painting him in 1694 and 1701. At times he collaborated with other artists, who added decoration or landscape to his work.
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    Lowther, John, 1st Viscount Lonsdale
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    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Title
    John Lowther, 1st Viscount Lonsdale (1655-1700) First Lord of the Treasury & Lord Privy Seal
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 71.70 cm, width: 64.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Presented by the Earl of Lonsdale, 1826
    Inscription
    none visible
    Provenance
    Collection of the Earl of Lonsdale; by whom presented to Lord Liverpool in 1826 for display at No. 10 Downing Street
    GAC number
    0/27