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    Sale 12307

    Old Master and British Paintings

    2 November 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 90

    George Romney, R.A. (Dalton-in-Furness 1734-1802 Kendal)

    Portrait of Peregrine Bertie (1709-1779), half-length, in a brown coat, seated in an armchair

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    George Romney, R.A. (Dalton-in-Furness 1734-1802 Kendal)
    Portrait of Peregrine Bertie (1709-1779), half-length, in a brown coat, seated in an armchair
    with identifying inscription 'PEREGRINE BERTIE, 1780' (upper left) and with the sitter's coats of arms and motto 'VIRTUS ARIETE FORTIOR' (upper right)
    oil on canvas, unlined
    36 1/8 x 28 in. (91.6 x 71.1 cm.)
    in a contemporary 'Maratta' frame


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    Alex Kidson (op. cit.) notes that although this portrait is dated 1780, it was actually painted from seven sittings between 1777-8 (according to the sitter book) with Romney receiving payment from Mr Bertie in April 1778. Kidson queries the traditional identification of the sitter on account of the sitter looking younger than 68 years old and also due to the fact that the sittings in 1778 were recorded under the name Colonel Bertie. One possible explanation is that Peregrine Bertie’s son, Colonel Bertie, accompanied him to his last sittings and made the appointments on his behalf. Alternatively, it is conceivable that the seven sittings do not all relate to this portrait. Romney also painted a portrait of Colonel Bertie (sold at Christie's, London, 3 December 2014, lot 181), as a companion piece to this portrait, which the artist began in 1778 and took 8 years to complete.

    Provenance

    By descent through the sitter's son, Albemarle, 9th Earl of Lindsey (1744-1818), to his great granddaughter, the late Lady Muriel Barclay-Harvey (1893-1980).


    Literature

    A. Kidson, George Romney, A complete catalogue of his paintings, I, New Haven and London, 2015, p. 68, no. 92, illustrated.