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    Sale 7448

    Old Master and British Pictures

    7 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 219

    Hendrik Frans van Lint, lo Studio (Antwerp 1684-1763 Rome)

    A river landscape with huntsmen resting by a stream; and A river landscape with pilgrims resting by a stream

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    Hendrik Frans van Lint, lo Studio (Antwerp 1684-1763 Rome)
    A river landscape with huntsmen resting by a stream; and A river landscape with pilgrims resting by a stream
    the first signed and inscribed 'Enri°c°o van Lint detto studio Ft Roma. 1746' (lower left); and the second signed and inscribed 'Enrico Fran°c°o van Lint. Ft Roma 1746' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    9½ x 14½in. (24.2 x 36.8 cm.)
    a pair (2)


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    William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth (1731-1801), succeeded his grandfather, the 1st Earl, in 1750. He went on the Grand Tour with his stepbrother, Frederick, Lord North, subsequently Prime Minister, in 1752-3. Both were painted in Rome by Batoni, and Dartmouth acquired a number of pictures by other Italian painters, including eight by van Lint's contemporary, Giovanni Battista Busiri. He was the major patron of Richard Wilson's Roman years, acquiring two significant canvases as well as no fewer than 68 drawings, including a dozen highly finished views of Rome.

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    Provenance

    Probably acquired in Rome by William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth (1731-1801), and by descent at Patshull Hall, Staffordshire, inventory nos. '109' and '110', to William Legge, 7th Earl of Dartmouth (1881-1958), and subsequently by descent.