Antoine-Geneviève-Hétaclius-Agénor, Duc de Gramont, came from an aristocratic family whose roots date back to the 14th Century. Born in Versailles, the young Duc travelled extensively throughout the Continent with his family where, in Russia, he was awarded the position of "sous-lieutenant" in the "Tauride" regiment. In 1802 the family moved to England where the Duc was admitted to the foreign regiment and during the ensuing years he served the British Empire in Spain, Portugal and France. In 1814 he was largely responsible for instigating the Royalist Movement in Bordeaux. The present work can be dated to circa 1836, when he inherited the title of Duc de Gramont upon his father's death. The Duc is depicted wearing the Order of St Maurice and St Lazarus, from Savoy and the French Royal and Military Order of St Louis as well as the Legion d'Honneur amongst others.