Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon (1743 - 1827)
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Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon (1743 - 1827) 1764

On Display Scottish National Gallery

  • Scottish Art
Alexander Gordon, who became the 4th Duke of Gordon at the age of nine, went on a Grand Tour of Europe to complete his education. This portrait of him was painted in Rome by Batoni, the fashionable portrait painter popular with the British aristocracy in Italy. Usually Batoni's Grand Tour portraits make references to the antiquities of Rome, but here he has emphasised Gordon's passion for hunting. The young duke was not particularly interested in the ancient sites or classical learning.

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Grand Tour

An educational tour of Europe, especially through France and Italy taken by (particularly British) aristocratic youth from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Such tours were seen as essential for a full understanding of classical civilisation. They were also important opportunities for collecting art and antiquities.

Grand Tour

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 2589
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 292.00 x 192.00 cm (framed: 338.00 x 240.50 x 13.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased by Private Treaty with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 1994