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    Sale 7731

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    2 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 225

    BERNARD LENS (BRITISH, 1682-1740)

    Thomas Whitmore (1711-1773), in salmon vest with black embroidery, fine linen shirt with lace cuffs, blue satin mantle, curling fair hair, his right arm resting on a mossy tree trunk, holding a white handkerchief to a beagle below

    Price Realised  

    BERNARD LENS (BRITISH, 1682-1740)
    Thomas Whitmore (1711-1773), in salmon vest with black embroidery, fine linen shirt with lace cuffs, blue satin mantle, curling fair hair, his right arm resting on a mossy tree trunk, holding a white handkerchief to a beagle below
    signed with monogram 'BL' (lower right)
    on ivory
    oval, 3 in. (76 mm.) high, in turned ivory frame stained to resemble ebonised wood, the reverse with backing paper inscribed 'Thomas._ nat. 1711. afterwards Sir Thomas K.B. married Anna dr of Sir Jn. Cope ob. 1773.'


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    The sale of Lady Whitmore's miniatures at Christie's, London, 1971, included portraits by Lens of other members of the Whitmore family including the present sitter's siblings and parents, William and Elizabeth Whitmore of Apley Estate, Shropshire and Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire. The portrait of Thomas's sister, lot 129 of the 1971 Christie's sale, is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum (inv. no. P.14-1971).

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    Provenance

    Lady Whitmore; Christie's, London, 2 November 1971, lot 121.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE LATE DR WILLIAM LINDSAY GORDON COLLECTION