About this artwork

Grimou painted a number of self-portraits of this type, their roots can be found in Dutch seventeenth-century art. He shows himself as a jolly drinker, raising his wine glass as if toasting the viewer, and grasping the decanter of wine in his other hand. On the table in front of him are the remains of his meal of bread and cured sausage. This example is very similar to two other versions in private collections, one of which bears a partly visible date in the 1730s, possibly 1732 (the year before his death). An earlier variation on this theme is represented by his Self-portrait in the Louvre dating from 1824, and a further variation, in which the artist wears a floppy hat, is in Worcester Art Museum.

  • title:
    Self-portrait as a Drinker ('The Toper')
  • accession number:
    NG 664
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    Unknown
  • measurements:
    116.50 x 89.50 cm (framed: 145.00 x 117.00 x 10.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Presented by William Wright 1881
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Alexis Grimou

Alexis Grimou