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William Fermor

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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The eldest son of Henry Fermor of Tusmore, Oxfordshire, William Fermor (1737–1806) went on the Grand Tour in 1757–1758. Like other English visitors to Rome, he had his portrait painted by both Mengs and Pompeo Batoni: the latter portrait (1758) is now in the Kress Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His elegant costume is not masquerade dress, despite the old inscription. Mengs's portraits are sober and frank in approach, with a polished finish.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology





oil on canvas


H 61 x W 47 cm

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Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund and the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, 1978

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