Arts & Culture

William Fermor

Pompeo Batoni1758

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Pompeo Batoni was the most celebrated painter in Rome in his day. For nearly half a century Batoni recorded the visits to Rome of international travelers on the Grand Tour in portraits that remain among the most memorable artistic accomplishments of the period. His paintings were especially popular among English visitors to Italy: Lady Anna Riggs Miller's declaration that he was "esteemed the best portrait painter in the world" is typical of contemporary views on his talent. This portrait of William Fermor in a red velvet coat lined with lynx (a type worn in winter by the British in Italy) demonstrates Batoni's ability to create a striking and memorable likeness.

"When I went to Rome, the Italian artists of that day thought of nothing, looked at nothing, but the work of Pompeo Batoni." —American painter Benjamin West

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  • Title: William Fermor
  • Creator: Pompeo Batoni
  • Date: 1758
  • Physical Dimensions: w73.5 x h99.4 cm (without frame)
  • Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Samuel H. Kress Collection, frame purchased with funds provided by the Museum Collectors
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: MFAH
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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