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    Sale 7610

    Important Old Master & British Pictures Day Sale Including Property From The Collection Of The Princely House Of Liechtenstein

    9 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 150 A

    Allan Ramsay, R.A. (Edinburgh 1713-1784 Dover)

    Portrait of Anne, Lady North (c. 1740-1797), wife of Frederick North, 2nd Baron North, three-quarter-length, in a pink dress and lace shawl with roses at her décolletage, and a lace headdress, by a column

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    Allan Ramsay, R.A. (Edinburgh 1713-1784 Dover)
    Portrait of Anne, Lady North (c. 1740-1797), wife of Frederick North, 2nd Baron North, three-quarter-length, in a pink dress and lace shawl with roses at her décolletage, and a lace headdress, by a column
    signed and dated 'A. Ramsay an. 1760' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    29¼ x 25 in. (74.3 x 63.5 cm.), with later additions of ½ in. (1.3 cm) to the upper edge; 6¾ in. (17.2 cm.) to the lower edge; 1¾ in. (4.4 cm.) to the left edge; and 3 in. (7.6 cm.) to the right edge


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    The sitter was the daughter and heiress of George Speke of White Lackington, Somerset. She married the statesman Frederick Lord North, the eldest son of the 1st Earl of Guilford, who succeeded as the 2nd Earl of Guilford (1732-92) in 1790, in May 1756. Her husband, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer and leader of the House (1767-82) and Prime Minister (1770-82), was painted by Ramsay in 1761 (location unknown; A. Smart, op. cit, p. 166, no. 407, fig. 529). The sitter, who was an amateur painter of some distinction, also sat for a portrait to by Sir Joshua Reynolds (D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, New Haven and London, p. 352, no. 1342, fig. 280), and in the 1760s was painted together with her husband and one of their children (artist unknown). She died in January 1797, leaving four sons and three daughters.

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    Provenance

    The Earls of Guilford, and by descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY OF TITLE


    Literature

    A. Smart, ed. J. Ingamells, Allan Ramsay: A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, London, 1999, no. 406, fig. 516.


    Exhibited

    London, Kenwood, Iveagh Bequest, Allan Ramsay, 1958, no. 20.