Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

John Singer Sargent


Oil on canvas

102 3/8 in. x 59 in. (2600 mm x 1500 mm)

Courtesy of the National Gallery, London (NPG 6620)

Purchased through the Art Fund, Sir Christopher Ondaatje, the Lord Marcus Sieff bequest, the Wolfson Foundation through the Art Fund, Lord Rothschild, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, the Headley Trust, the Linbury Trust, Sir Harry Djanogly, the Clore Duffield Foundation, the Ancaster Trust, the Sternberg Charitable Foundation and several other donations, 2002.

According to the NPPG site, “Sargent's portrait was commissioned by subscription from members of the Carlton Club and exhibited at the 1908 Royal Academy exhibition. Showing Balfour full length, within a classicised interior, Sargent employs the full apparatus of his later, grand manner, style of portraiture.” [continued below]

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