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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 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



Thank you for your support