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Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Portrait of Claude-Armand Gérôme

Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), Portrait of Claude-Armand Gérôme, c.1848, Oil on canvas, 160x94 cm. © Daniel Katz Ltd

To commemorate its recent bicentenary year, the Fitzwilliam Museum wishes to acquire this dashing portrait by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904) for its permanent collection. One of the great French painters of the 19th century and best known for his carefully-finished historical works, Gérôme's virtuosity was recognised internationally. The artist was recognised internationally (he was made an Hon R.A. in 1867) and was an influential teacher, training a cosmopolitan array of students.

We hope you will join us in our endeavour to acquire this unique portrait to commemorate the bicentenary of the founding of the Museum.

The Art Fund has granted £150,000 toward the acquisition and with other generous funders, we have been able to raise all but the final £90,000 needed to reach our target of £950,000 to purchase this superb painting. To help us achieve our goal, we have extended this appeal beyond on the original 31 December deadline.



Help us raise the funds to purchase the masterpiece Portrait of Claude-Armand Gérôme to commemorate the Museum’s bicentenary year.


  • Donate online now


  • Send a cheque payable to ‘The Fitzwilliam Museum’ and complete this form. Post to: The Gérôme Appeal, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB


  • Give in person at the Museum using the designated donation box


  • Donate via Cambridge in America A gift can be made to the Fitzwilliam Museum via Cambridge in America which is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code allowing for US donors to qualify for an income tax deduction to the limits allowed by law. You can find out how to give via Cambridge in America by clicking here.


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More about Gérôme’s Portrait of Claude-Armand Gérôme

Exactly 200 years ago, in 1816, Richard, VII Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion founded the Fitzwilliam Museum with his bequest. The Fitzwilliam Museum opened to the public in 1848, the same year Jean-Léon Gérôme painted this work which makes it a fitting acquisition to commemorate our bicentenary year.

Gérôme’s Portrait of Claude-Armand Gérôme is a very personal work of the artist, depicting his younger brother, who is recorded as being brilliant, as well as ‘very gentle, nonchalant and even lazy’. Painted during the early years of Gérôme’s career, when he was in his prime, it is a rare and superb example of Gérôme’s skills as a portraitist.

The picture is a recent rediscovery - it remained in the artist’s collection until his death, and was long presumed lost until its reappearance at auction in France in 2013. Recent cleaning has confirmed it as a masterpiece, and in unusually fine condition.

This portrait – so appropriate for Cambridge - of a student at the time of his graduation from École Polytechnique, Paris would be a major addition to the Fitzwilliam Museum collection.

Please join us in bringing this masterpiece to the Fitzwilliam Museum