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    Sale 7806

    Lord St. Helens and Sir William FitzHerbert The Collections of a Diplomat and a Courtier

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 582

    Circle of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Seville 1618-1682)

    Saint Justa; and Saint Rufina

    Price Realised  

    Circle of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Seville 1618-1682)
    Saint Justa; and Saint Rufina
    oil on canvas
    9 x 7¼ in. (22.9 x 18.5 cm.)
    in 19th Century gilt-composition frames
    a pair (2)


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    During his tenure as British Ambassador Extraordinary to Spain from 1790 to 1794, Lord St. Helens acquired arguably the most important collection of Murillo drawings. Acquired directly from the library of Seville Cathedral, they were sold by his nephew and heir Sir Henry Fitzherbert at Christie's in 1840. Sixty Murillo drawings were included in the sale.

    The Catalogue of Pictures and Curios at Tissington Hall, 1887, by Ida, daughter of Sir William FitzHerbert, 4th Bt., notes that a larger pair of these portraits owned by the Duke of Sutherland, of the 'same colours', was sent to the Winter Exhibition in London.

    We are grateful to Professor Enrique Valdivieso of the Universidad de Sevilla for noting on the basis of photographs that these works are contemporary derivations 'of good quality' of Murillo's Santa Justa and Santa Rufina (Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum). Saints Justa and Rufina were of particular importance to Murillo as the patron saints of his native Seville.

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    Provenance

    Alleyne FitzHerbert, 1st Baron St. Helens (1752-1839) and by descent to his nephew Sir Henry FitzHerbert, 3rd Bt. (1782-1858).


    Literature

    A Catalogue of some of the Pictures at Tissington Hall the seat of Sir William FitzHerbert Baronet, 1859, 'Front Drawing Room - Two Small Pictures - 14 Santa Justa, 15 Santa Rufina.- Murillo'
    Catalogue of Pictures and Curios at Tissington Hall, 1887, by Ida daughter of Sir William FitzHerbert, 4th Bt., as 'Santa Justa' and 'Santa Rufina - a pair by Murillo left by Lord St. Helens to Sir Henry FitzHerbert 3rd Bt.'
    Nora FitzHerbert, Tissington Hall - Pictures, 1938, 'Nos. 132 and 133. West Drawing Room'


    Exhibited

    London, Royal Academy, Winter Exhibition.