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    Sale 7575

    Old Master and British Pictures

    25 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 19

    Dutch School, circa 1650

    Portrait of a lady, half-length, holding a fan

    Price Realised  


    Dutch School, circa 1650
    Portrait of a lady, half-length, holding a fan
    oil on canvas
    37 x 27¾ in. (94 x 70.5 cm.)

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    This portrait was owned by one of the great Victorian industrialists, Robert Napier, who was often called the 'Father of Clyde Shipbuilding'. Napier built steamship engines, winning contracts with the East India Trading Company and the Admiralty - becoming the latter'’s primary engine builder - and co-founding the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. He built his home in West Shandon, by Garloch, to house his remarkable art collection, which included works by Henry Raeburn, as well as Dutch, French and Italian Old Masters. When the collection was sold at Christie'’s after his death it realszed the princely sum of £49,000.

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    Robert Napier, West Shandon, Dunbartonshire; (+) Christie's, London, 14 April 1877, lot 596, as van der Tempel (18½ gns. to Waters).
    with Galerie Commeter, Hamburg, as van der Tempel (according to a label on the reverse).


    J.C. Robinson, Catalogue of the Works of Art forming the collection of Robert Napier, of West Shandon, Dunbartonshire, London, 1865, p. 48, no. 460, as van der Temple.