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Key facts
Full title Portrait of Frederick Burnaby
Artist James Tissot
Artist dates 1836 - 1902
Date made 1870
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 50 × 61 cm
Inscription summary signed; dated
Acquisition credit On loan from the National Portrait Gallery: Purchased, 1933
Inventory number L1305
Location Room 45
Art route(s) B and C
Image copyright On loan from the National Portrait Gallery: Purchased, 1933
Collection Main Collection
Portrait of Frederick Burnaby
James Tissot

Frederick Burnaby was an officer in the Royal Horse Guards, renowned for his physical height and strength. Here Tissot has portrayed him as a dashing officer, in undress uniform of dark blue with scarlet and gold trimmings. Behind him his full-dress uniform, including a plumed helmet, is laid out.

In this extremely informal portrayal he is possibly depicted in relaxed conversation with a companion unseen by the viewer. The portrait was commissioned by Thomas Gibson Bowles, the founder of 'Vanity Fair', who had met Tissot in Paris in 1869, and painted during Tissot’s visit to London in 1869–70.

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