Portrait of William Fermor by Anton Raphael Mengs

Little is known of the sitter except that he was the eldest son of Henry Fermor (d.


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.

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