John Hoppner (British, 1758-1810)
Portrait of Charlotte Walsingham, Lady Fitzgerald, Three-quarter Length in a Gray Satin Dress
Unsigned, identified and dated to 1797 on a presentation plaque and on labels from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, affixed to the backing and frame.
Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 in. (127.0 x 101.6 cm), framed.
Condition: Lined, retouch, fine craquelure.
Provenance: The Honorable John Boyle, whose wife was the sitter's daughter; by descent to Colonel Gerald E. Boyle; With Agnew & Sons, London; through to Mr. and Mrs. Albert R. Jones, Kansas City, Missouri; purchased in 1932 by the William Rockhill Nelson Collection, Kansas City, Missouri (a predecessor of the Nelson-Atkins Museum); deaccessioned and sold, Christie's, New York, May 25, 2005, Lot 220; Private collection, New York; Sotheby's New York, Old Master Paintings, June 5, 2008, Lot 84; Sotheby's New York, Old Master and 19th Century European Art, January 31, 2009, Lot 93 as Property of a New York gentleman; though to the current owner.
Literature: W. McKay and W. Roberts, John Hoppner, R.A., London, 1914, p. 83; International Studio, November, 1922, illustrated on cover; Handbook of the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, 1933, p. 59, illustrated; "Nelson Gallery of Art," Art Digest, December 8, 1933, p. 24, illustrated; Henry J. Haskell, "The William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art," Art News, December 23, 1933, p. 48, illustrated; The William Rockhill Nelson Collection, housed in the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art and Mary Atkins Museum of Fine Arts, Kansas City, 1949, p. 34, illustrated.
Framed dimensions are 59 3/4 x 49 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches. Label from Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, affixed to the stretcher. The frame is also inscribed on the back "Mr. and Mrs. Albert R. Jones" in ink. This couple were collectors and benefactors of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. The label from the Collection: William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, and subsequent labels from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, bear the number "32-102," suggesting that the work was accessioned in 1932 into the museum's collection.
Sotheby's condition report from 2009 "Painting has been relined and surface has been pressed overall as a result. despite this, the picture still reads very well and presents a strong and decorative image. under ultraviolet light: there are scattered retouches throughout the background; there is inpainting of craquelure on face and some small retouches on her chest. also, reinforcement of the dark shadowed area on left side of face. one or two retouches to costume. these have all been well applied and there is no need for further work. In a carved and gilt wood frame with stylized leaf pattern. Some losses to the gilding."
There is a pencil inscription on the top bar of the stretcher that reads, "No. 1 Right of Window 9"
No additional condition issues to report.
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