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Portrait of Edward Gibbon: PD.5-2020

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Portrait of Edward Gibbon


Brandoin, Michel Vincent




Portrait of Edward Gibbon (1737-1794); full length, holding walking stick, wearing queue wig and frock coat; seated in a garden in Lausanne with mountains behind. Gibbon was a British historian and Member of Parliament. His most well-known work was 'The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire', published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788.


History note: Gibbon's librarian, the Swiss theologian Jean-David-Paul-Étienne Lavade (d.1834); 'Mons. Greathed No. 9 Boulevard du roe 3 mai 1822' (graphite inscription on the verso of the drawing), possibly Edward Harris Greathed (1770-1840) of Udden House, near Wimborne, Dorset, residing latterly in Versailles and Switzerland

Legal notes

Bequeathed by John Vaughan Hart, 2020

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2020) by Hart, John Vaughan


18th Century
Circa 1786 - Circa 1789


Made during Gibbon's last stay in Lausanne

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Sheet Height 180 mm Width 130 mm

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Graphite with watercolour on paper

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Underlined

  • Text: Gibbon.
  • Location: Lower centre
  • Method of creation: Pen and ink
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.5-2020
Primary reference Number: 241898
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 13 August 2020 Updated: Monday 27 September 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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