Anglo/American School, Late 18th Century
Pair of Pendant Portraits: Gentleman in Blue Wearing a Powdered Wig and Lady in Brown Silk Seated Beside an Orange Tree
Both oil on canvas, 49 1/4 x 40 in. (125.0 x 101.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Craquelure, areas of flaking, small paint losses, varnish discoloration, surface grime.
Provenance: A Cambridge, New York, estate.
N.B. The artist and sitters for these portraits have not been identified. The pose of the woman beside the potted orange tree refers back to a portrait by Sir Peter Lely of Elizabeth, Countess of Kildare, now at the Tate Gallery, London. That image was later engraved as a mezzotint published by Richard Tompson (1678-79), which likely served as inspiration for this portrait, since the pose is reversed from the Lely original. The mezzotint may be viewed at this link at the National Portrait Gallery (UK) web site: https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw37639.
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