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Portrait of a Grand Vizir, or of a European dressed as one
Jean-Etienne Liotard

The costume corresponds with that of a Grand Vizir, but the sitter may just be wearing a Turkish costume. He was once identified as Edward Wortley Montagu (1713 - 1776), and again as a self portrait.

Liotard travelled widely in Europe and the East. He visited Constantinople in 1738, and stayed there for four years, making many drawings and pastels of Oriental subjects.

Key facts
Artist Jean-Etienne Liotard
Artist dates 1702 - 1789
Full title Portrait of a Grand Vizir, or of a European dressed as one
Date made about 1741
Medium and support Pastel on parchment
Dimensions 61.6 x 47.6 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Mrs John P. Heseltine in memory of her husband, 1929
Inventory number NG4460
Location in Gallery Not on display
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