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John Wollaston (New York/South Carolina/England, 1710-1775) Portrait of the Honorable Edward Byng, Esquire, 1742

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American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 3167B
Date / Time :
November 03, 2018 10:00AM


John Wollaston (New York/South Carolina/England, 1710-1775)

Portrait of the Honorable Edward Byng, Esquire, 1742
Inscribed and the subject identified on the reverse.
Oil on canvas, 38 x 47 1/2 in., the subject shown three-quarter length and holding plans for a military fortification, in an old giltwood frame.
Condition: Evidence of old restoration.

Provenance: Purchased out of a British house sale in 1970; to a private collection, Savannah, Georgia; to Craig and Tarlton, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina; to the current private collection, 1973.

Note: A 1973 letter written by the North Carolina dealer who sold this to the consignor indicates that the Byng family produced "numerous military leaders, high government officials, and a colonial governor. Edward's father, George Byng (1663-1733), was knighted by Queen Anne. The back of the canvas is inscribed in full: "The Honorable Edward Byng, Esq., fifth and youngest son of Right Honorable George late Viscount Torrington. Pinxit May 1742."
Estimate $8,000-12,000

Inscription on stretcher indicates that the canvas was remounted in September 1914. Uneven varnish layer; areas of retouch on left side above the fortification, the u.l. and u.r. corners; spots of retouch below the nose and on lower lip; retouch along the edge of coat tail at l.r., along the bottom edge of the sitter's left cuff and a small area at the back of the sitter's left sleeve.

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Tarlton, Inc., Edward Byng, George Byng, John Wollaston, Right Honorable George, British people, Byng, Nobility, Viscount Torrington, United Kingdom, Raleigh, Savannah