• The Country House Sale - Newto auction at Christies

    Sale 5984

    The Country House Sale - Newton Hall

    20 January 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 118


    Price Realised  


    Harriet Davison, née Gosling (1770-1826), in white muslin wrap-front dress, white pearl-bordered bandeau in her powdered curling hair
    on ivory
    oval, 3 5/16 in. (85 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame, the reverse centred with lock of hair and gold wire on opalescent glass panel, within translucent blue glass surround, within velvet-lined hinged burgundy leather travelling case

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    The present sitter was the daughter of John Gosling, banker, of Lincoln's Inn Fields, and wife of Alexander Davison (1750-1829).

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
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    Harriet Davison (1770-1826) of Swarland Hall, Northumberland.
    Dorothy Widdrington (formerly Cook, née Davison) (b.1794) and by descent at Newton Hall, Northumberland.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the description for this lot should read 'Portrait of a Lady, historically identified as Mrs Gosling, possibly depicting Harriet Davison.'

    Please also note that the provenance of this lot should read 'possibly Harriet Davison ...' and not as stated in the catalogue.


    Inventory and Valuation of the contents of Newton Hall, Felton, Morpeth, Northumberland, The Property of Brigadier General B. F. Widdrington, C.M.G., D.S.O., 1925, p. 120.