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by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, completed by George Harcourt, George Nathaniel Curzon, first Marquess Curzon of Kedleston

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Title George Nathaniel Curzon, first Marquess Curzon of Kedleston
Collection Oxford Portraits: University of Oxford
Artist by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, completed by George Harcourt
Date 1914
Acquisition gift from Lady Margaret von Herkomer, 1914
Description Three-quarter length, seated to left, facing viewer; short smooth brown hair; large lace cravat; heavy black brocaded silk Chancellor's robe with gold lace trimming on collar, facings, and sleeves, over black clothes; his right hand rests on the arm of his chair, his left on a large paper which lies on a carved oak table slightly to the right before him; dark brown background.

In 1907, Lord Curzon nominated Herkomer, who was Ruskin Professor of Fine Art from 1885 to 1894, for an honorary doctorate in civil law (DCL): 'Your services both to Art and the University have been so conspicuous that Oxford, while conferring on you the highest honour at her disposal, will also feel that she is being honoured in return.' (Life and Letters of Sir Hubert Herkomer, ed. by J. Saxon Mills, 1923, p.292)

The portrait was unfinished when Herkomer died on 31 March 1914, and was completed by his pupil, George Harcourt. It was presented to the University by the artist's widow: 'An offer was received from Lady Herkomer of a portrait of the Chancellor. It was agreed that the offer be accepted.' (Hebdomadal Council Papers, Acts, 12 Oct 1914, Oxford University Archives, HC 1/1/99, p.x)
External Link Oxford Portraits website
Id Number Current Accession 30
Measurements 50 x 65 in.
Sitter Biographical Notes George Nathaniel Curzon, first Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859-1925)
Viceroy of India, traveller and politician
Artist Biographical Notes by Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914)
Painter and illustrator

completed by George Harcourt (1868-1947)
Figure painter and portrait painter
Pupil of Hubert von Herkomer; RA, 1926.
Donor Biographical Notes Lady Margaret von Herkomer (1857-1934)
Portrait donor
Margaret née Griffiths married Hubert von Herkomer as his third wife in 1888. For further details see entry for Hubert von Herkomer in Oxford DNB
Relation References R. Lane Poole, Catalogue of Portraits in the possession of the University, Colleges, City, and County of Oxford, 3 vols (1912, 1925), III, p.312, no.18
Rights University of Oxford



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