Home > Artists > Sir Leslie Ward > Artwork

Ian Charles, 8th Earl of Seafield 'Sheep'

Spy (Sir Leslie Ward) (1851-1922)


Signed, inscribed 'Vanity Fair' and dated 'Sept. 29 1883'
Inscribed on reverse 'This picture belongs to Lady Nina Knowles, presented by the artist 'Spy' - Dec 1917'

Watercolour and bodycolour

13 ¾ x 7 ¾ inches

Similar to Vanity Fair, 29 September 1883, 'Statesmen no 434'

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1871-2022', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, November-December 2022, no 47

Further inscribed on reverse in pencil: 'Presented to me, Lady Nina Knowles, by the artist Mr Leslie Ward - Dec 1917

Ian Charles Ogilvy-Grant was a Conservative politician and the 27th Chief of Clan Grant. His portrait in Vanity Fair is titled ‘Sheep’ after the nickname given to him while he was serving in the First Regiment of Life Guards between 1869 and 1877. He sat in the House of Lords until his death at the age of 32, just a few months after he appeared in Vanity Fair. As he was unmarried and childless, the earldom passed to his uncle, James Ogilvy-Grant. The present portrait was produced by Leslie Ward in 1917 as a gift to Lady Nina Knowles, the daughter of Francis Ogilvy-Grant, the 10th Earl of Seafield.

Related Artwork