• The Country House Sale - Newto auction at Christies

    Sale 5984

    The Country House Sale - Newton Hall

    20 January 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 128

    JOSÉ GUTIÉRREZ DE LA VEGA (SEVILLE, 1791-1865)

    Portrait of Captain Samuel Edward Cook, R.N., (later Widdrington) (1787-1856), bust-length, in uniform, wearing the Dom João VI Gold Medal, second class, and the insignia of an honorary knight commander of The Military Order of the Tower and Sword, Portugal

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    JOSÉ GUTIÉRREZ DE LA VEGA (SEVILLE, 1791-1865)
    Portrait of Captain Samuel Edward Cook, R.N., (later Widdrington) (1787-1856), bust-length, in uniform, wearing the Dom João VI Gold Medal, second class, and the insignia of an honorary knight commander of The Military Order of the Tower and Sword, Portugal
    with identifying inscription (on a label on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    28¼ x 22 in. (72 x 56 cm.)
    Circa 1830


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    The present portrait was painted in Spain and dates to circa 1830, following the presentation of medals to Captain Samuel Edward Cook, R.N. by Dom João VI of Portugal. Captain Cook sat for the Sevillian artist José Gutierrez de la Vega and the portrait was later hung at Newton Hall, Northumberland.

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    Provenance

    Captain Samuel Edward Widdrington, R.N., (formerly Cook) (1787-1856) and by descent at Newton Hall, Northumberland.


    Literature

    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. 122.
    Carlyle, E.I., rev., Robertson, I. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, October 2004.