Portrait of James Byres of Tonley by Hugh Douglas Hamilton

Oval portrait of James Byres, a native of Aberdeen, who became one of most influential members of the expatriate colony in Rome and did much to determine the course of Grand Tour patronage.


Details

Medium:
Pastel
Dimensions:
28 x 24 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,210 ( Total: £1,210)
Acquired in:
1977
Vendor:
Christie's

The work retains its original Italian frame. Aberdeen went on to acquire a portrait of Christopher Norton with Art Fund help in 1979. Norton helped Byres with his dealing activities and appears in paintings of the Byres family in Rome.

Provenance

Recorded in the 1790 inventory of Byres's house in Strada Paolina, Rome; by descent through sitter's family; anon sale at Christie's.

Venue details

Aberdeen Art Gallery Schoolhill, ABERDEEN Aberdeenshire AB10 1FQ 01224 523700 www.aagm.co.uk

Entry details

Free to all

The gallery is closed until late 2018.

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