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Title Portrait of his Father
Alternative Title Portrait (Richard Wilson); Portrait of an Unknown Man
Collection Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust
Artist Mengs, Anton Raphael (German painter and critic, 1728-1779)
Date Earliest about 1748
Date Latest about 1779
Description Mengs was widely regarded in his day as Europe's greatest painter. The sitter is portrayed with his bust slightly turned towards his left and his face turned towards the viewer. The man is wearing a fine burgundy velvet robe with a fur collar on top of a white shirt. Previously thought to be a portrait of the landscape painter Richard Wilson, the painting appears to be identical to one of the artist's father in the Art Institiute of Chicago.
Current Accession Number 69
Subject portrait
Measurements 62.6 x 48.8 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by J. G. Graves 1935.
Notes The painting was previously recorded as Portrait (Richard Wilson;). However, the sitter does not have very much in common with the only other existing portrait of Richard Wilson by A. R. Mengs (see Roettgen S., Anton Raphael Mengs 1728-1779 and His British Patrons, London, 1993, cat. no. 18, pp. 83-85). This painting seems to be a identical to a painting in the Art Institute of Chicago catalogued as Portrait of His Father by Anton Raphael Mengs.
Rights Owner Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust
Author Irene Galandra



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