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Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Portrait of Claude-Armand Gérôme

Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), Portrait of Claude-Armand Gérôme, c.1848, Oil on canvas, 160x94 cm. © Daniel Katz Ltd

To commemorate its recent bicentenary year, the Fitzwilliam Museum acquired this dashing portrait by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904) for its permanent collection. One of the great French painters of the 19th century and best known for his carefully-finished historical works, Gérôme's virtuosity was recognised internationally. He was made an Hon R.A. in 1867 and was an influential teacher, training a cosmopolitan array of students.

The Museum is delighted to now have this exquisite masterpiece on display in Gallery 5 where it has been reunited with other significant 19th century French art.

Our appreciation goes to a number of generous supporters including The Art Fund, the many individual benefactors and various trusts and foundations who made the acquisition of the Portrait of Claude-Armand Gérôme possible:


The Gow Fund

Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation

Professor Bill and Mrs Monica Beck

Estate of Brian and Mary Senior

Ms Shawn M Donnelley and Professor Christopher M Kelly

The Marlay Group

The Aldama Foundation

J Paul Getty Jr General Charitable Trust

Hugues and Emmanuelle Lepic

The Rothschild Foundation

The Tavolozza Foundation

The John S Cohen Foundation

Ann D Foundation

The Oldfield Charitable Trust

Michael Marks Charitable Trust

The Earl Fitzwilliam Charitable Trust

And many other generous individuals

To celebrate this acquisition, Edouard Papet, the foremost expert on Gérôme and Musée d’Orsay’s Senior Curator for Sculpture, will visit the Fitzwilliam Museum on Friday 30 June 2017 to give an evening lecture entitled Jean-Léon Gérôme: A certain taste for archaeology.


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