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    Sale 5133

    British, Continental & Russian Pictures

    6 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 714

    Attributed to Henry William Pickersgill, R.A. (1782-1875)

    Portrait of a gentleman, full-length, in a black coat and breeches, standing by a column and a draped table with a bust of the sitter and documents inscribed 'A plan for/bettering the/condition of/the poor', a work-house courtyard beyond

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    Attributed to Henry William Pickersgill, R.A. (1782-1875)
    Portrait of a gentleman, full-length, in a black coat and breeches, standing by a column and a draped table with a bust of the sitter and documents inscribed 'A plan for/bettering the/condition of/the poor', a work-house courtyard beyond
    oil on canvas, unframed
    58 x 95 in. (147.4 x 241.5 cm.)


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    Saleroom Notice

    It is likely that this portrait depicts Sir Edwin Chadwick (1800-1890), noted for his work in reforming the Poor Laws in the mid-19th century. It is possible that the inscription on the scroll in this painting refers to his report on The Sanitary Condition of the Laboring Population published in 1842.