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    Sale 2058

    Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    4 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 56

    Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828)

    John Stevens Ellery

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828)
    John Stevens Ellery
    oil on panel
    26¼ x 21½ in. (66.7 x 54.6 cm.)
    Painted in 1810.


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    John Stevens Ellery was a French merchant who accumulated a large fortune while living in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts before moving to New York. The present work was painted for the sitter's sister, Sarah Stevens, who was the wife of Major Ignatius Sargent of Boston.

    Special Notice

    No sales tax is due on the purchase price of this lot if it is picked up or delivered in the State of New York.


    Provenance

    Sarah Stevens, sister of the sitter, Boston, Massachusetts.
    Ignatius Sargent, son of the above, Brookline, Massachusetts, by bequest of the above.
    Professor Charles Sprague Sargent, son of the above, Brookline, Massachusetts, by bequest of the above.
    Miss Alice Sargent.
    Ignatius Sargent, Washington, D.C., by 1935.
    Gift to the present owner from the above, 1980.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property of the Corcoran Gallery of Art sold to benefit the Acquisitions Fund*


    Literature

    An Exhibition of Portraits Painted by the late Gilbert Stuart, Esq. died 1828, exhibition catalogue, Boston, Massachusetts, 1828, p. 9, no. 151.
    L. Park, Gilbert Stuart, An Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue, New York, 1926, vol. 1, p. 309, vol. 2, p. 962, vol. 3, p. 167, no. 277, illustrated.
    C.M. Mount, Gilbert Stuart: A Biography, New York, 1964, p. 367.


    Exhibited

    Boston, Massachusetts, An Exhibition of Portraits Painted by the late Gilbert Stuart, Esq. died 1828, 1828, no. 151.
    Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, 1935.
    Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Acquisitions Since 1975, November 5, 1982-January 16, 1983.