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George Augustus Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield of Gibraltar (1717-1790) General and Defender of Gibraltar, Governor of Gibraltar 1777-1790

Johann Zoffany

George Augustus Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield of Gibraltar (1717-1790) General and Defender of Gibraltar, Governor of Gibraltar 1777-1790


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ArtistJohann Zoffany (1733-1810)
TitleGeorge Augustus Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield of Gibraltar (1717-1790) General and Defender of Gibraltar, Governor of Gibraltar 1777-1790
Date1800
MediumRed and black chalk, on paper
Dimensionsheight: 24.50 cm, width: 20.00 cm
Inscriptioninsbl
AcquisitionPresented by the Executors of Mrs K Gifford Scott, March 1984
LocationGibraltar, Gibraltar, Governor's Residence, The Convent
GAC number16246
 

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Johann Zoffany

Portrait and history painter Johann Zoffany was born Johannes Zauffaly in Frankfurt-am-Main. After training in Regensburg, he studied in Rome (1750-57), before moving to London in 1760. He was introduced to the royal family in 1764 and George III was so impressed by his royal portraits and groups that he nominated Zoffany a Royal Academician in 1769. Zoffany was in India from 1783 to 1789, where he portrayed British residents and native princes. After his return, he painted few pictures of consequence and by 1800 had given up painting altogether. Several of his Indian works are in the Victoria Memorial, Calcutta. One of his best-known works, ‘The Cock Match at Lucknow’ painted for Warren Hastings, was purchased by the Tate in 1994.