Sir William Erle (1793-1880) Chief Justice of the Common Pleas

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand
  • About the artist
    Sir Francis Grant, son of a Scottish Laird, took up painting professionally after having exhausted his £10,000 inheritance by his late 20s. An early enthusiasm for fox hunting led him to settle at Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, the centre of hunting society, where he studied under the well-known sporting painter, John Ferneley. In 1840 Grant’s portrait of Queen Victoria riding with Prime Minister Lord Melbourne and others in the Great Park at Windsor established his reputation and he soon became one of the most fashionable society painters of the day. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1851 and its President in 1865. Grant died at the age of 75 and was buried at the cemetery near his country residence at Melton Mowbray.
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    People
    Erle, Sir William
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    Materials & Techniques
    engraving
  • Details
    Title
    Sir William Erle (1793-1880) Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
    Date
    Medium
    Engraving
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Mrs Dorothy Lane, February 1958
    GAC number
    3985