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The Greuze portraits

There were two matching portraits by Jean-Baptiste Greuze in the Herbert family. These were of:
  1. The 11th Earl of Pembroke (painted in Paris in 1780).

  2. His illegitimate half-brother Augustus Reebkomp (later Montgomery) (maybe painted after he went on leave from the navy in 1783).

Portrait of 11th Earl of Pembroke

The portrait of the 11th Earl was whereabouts unknown for many years, but it later re-emerged and was sold. It is now in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

11th Earl of Pembroke, 1780.
Portrait by Jean-Baptiste Greuze.
11th Earl sat for him in Paris, 24 May to 2 June 1780. See [Pembroke Papers, vol.I].
[Pembroke Papers] describes this picture as missing as at 1939 and 1950.
But its whereabouts were known again by [Russell, 1992].
It was put up for sale in 2000. The sale said it came "By descent from the 3rd Earl Clanwilliam".
It was purchased by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, where it now hangs.
Used here with the kind permission of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Wider shot of the Greuze picture, showing the frame.
See original BMP. From here.
Used with the kind permission of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Portrait of Augustus Reebkomp (later Montgomery)

The sister portrait, of Reebkomp, was in the Gibbon family (his descendants) until around WWI. It was then sold, and is now whereabouts unknown.

Augustus Reebkomp as a young man.
This is a photo of a lost portrait, thought to be by Jean-Baptiste Greuze.
Maybe painted at the time Reebkomp went on leave from the navy in 1783.


The Greuze portrait was inherited by Reebkomp's descendant Arthur F.V. Gibbon.
The above photo shows the Greuze hanging in Lawn House in Apr 1913.
See full size and original.
See close-up and further close-up.
Shows that the Greuze was quite a large picture.
Note the oval frame matches the frame of the picture of the 11th Earl. The frames seem identical.

To the left and right are the portraits of Capt. Robert Gibbon and Barbara Yeats, which are still in the family.
Detail also shows the silhouette of William Henry Gibbon.
Arthur F.V. Gibbon sold the Greuze sometime between 1913 and 1926 to meet debts (notably school fees). Maybe the above picture of it is cut out of the auction catalogue. The photo looks very professional.
Its whereabouts are now unknown.

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