Little is known of the sitter except that he was the eldest son of Henry Fermor (d.
Portrait of William Fermor by Anton Raphael Mengs, 1757
© Ashmolean Museum
- Oil on canvas
- 62 x 47 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £2,500 ( Total: £11,900)
- Acquired in:
I746) of Tusmore, Oxfordshire. He was painted in Rome both by Mengs and his rival Pompeo Batoni, as Horace Walpole recorded in a list of pictures by Mengs in England in his Anecdotes of Painting in England: 'Mr Farmer, a Roman Catholic, son of lady Brown, has his own portrait both by Mencks and Pompeio'.
Anon. sale, King and Chasemore, Pulborough, February 1978; Colnaghi.