About this artwork

Sir Francis Grant’s affectionate depiction of his daughter ‘Daisy’ was painted in February 1857, and first shown in Scotland at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1859. This portrait is in excellent condition, and shows the artist at the height of his powers. It was painted just before Daisy’s marriage to Colonel William Markham. In depicting his daughter, Grant was unconstrained by the demands of a commission. For a mid-century portrait by a painter at the heart of the artistic and social establishment, it is startlingly direct.

  • title:
    Anne Emily Sophia Grant (known as 'Daisy' Grant), Mrs William Markham (1836 - 1880)
  • accession number:
    NG 2783
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1857
  • measurements:
    223.50 x 132.30 cm (framed: 260.20 x 169.20 x 13.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 2005
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Sir Francis Grant

Sir Francis Grant

By the time he was 26 years old, Francis Grant had spent his father’s inheritance of £10,000 on fox hunting and collecting paintings, and was in desperate need of a career. He decided to become an artist, and, despite having no formal training, he made rapid progress by copying old masterpieces lent to him by friends and family. At the time, it was remarkable and somewhat scandalous for a member of a landed family to become a professional portrait painter. His background did, however, give Grant easy access to fashionable Victorian society and portrait commissions. Although still a great lover of hunting, Grant’s success was huge and his output prolific: between 1831 and his death in 1878, approximately 800 paintings are recorded.