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    Sale 2136

    Christie's Interiors

    9 - 10 February 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 176

    F. Burgess (British, early 19th century)

    Portrait of a boy and a girl, said to be Robert and Erskine Christie of Durie, Fife, Scotland, with their dog in a landscape

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    F. Burgess (British, early 19th century)
    Portrait of a boy and a girl, said to be Robert and Erskine Christie of Durie, Fife, Scotland, with their dog in a landscape
    signed and dated 'F. Burgess 1825' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    34½ x 44 in. (87.6 x 111.8 cm.)
    Painted in 1825.


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    According to a label on the stretcher, the sitters in the present lot are Robert and Erskine Christie. Although the date of the present lot seems to match the date of birth of Robert Christie from Cupar, Fife, it does not seem to match with that of Erskine Christie, who was one of two children (both daughters) of James Christie of Durie, as she was already married by 1811. Robert Christie became a surgeon-major in the Indian army and died in 1870.

    Provenance

    Anonymous Sale, Christie's Glasgow, 13 November 1991, lot 564, where acquired by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR