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    Sale 7714

    Old Master & British Pictures

    24 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 84

    Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. (Plympton 1723-1792 London)

    Portrait of Field Marshal Charles Moore, 6th Earl and 1st Marquess of Drogheda (1730-1822), half-length, in the uniform of the 19th Light Dragoons, his left hand resting on a plumed helmet placed on a plinth

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    Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. (Plympton 1723-1792 London)
    Portrait of Field Marshal Charles Moore, 6th Earl and 1st Marquess of Drogheda (1730-1822), half-length, in the uniform of the 19th Light Dragoons, his left hand resting on a plumed helmet placed on a plinth
    oil on canvas
    30 3/8 x 25 in. (77.2 x 63.5 cm.)


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    The sitter was the second son of Edward, 5th Earl of Drogheda and his first wife, Lady Sarah Ponsonby, daughter of the 1st Earl of Bessborough. Between 1752 and 1758 he was styled Viscount Moore. He succeeded to the earldom in 1758 when his father and elder brother Edward were drowned in the Irish Channel. Moore joined the army in 1744 and in 1759 was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the 19th, later 18th, Light Dragoons. He had a distinguished military career and was eventually promoted to Field Marshal in 1821. He married Lady Anne Seymour, daughter of the 1st Marquess of Hereford in 1766. Reynolds' sitters books record appointments with Lord Drogheda between January and April 1761.

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    Provenance

    By descent at Moore Abbey to Henry Moore, 10th Earl of Drogheda, by whom sold privately on 20 May 1925, through Agnew's, to John Levy Galleries, London.
    Mrs Edward S. Moore, Lexington, Kentucky.
    Stone Trust Corporation sale; Sotheby's, New York, 6 April 1960, lot 42.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 16 November 1979, lot 134.
    Anonymous Sale; Christie's, London, 24 July 1980, lot 139.


    Literature

    J.T. Smith, Nollekens and his Times, London, 1882, II, p. 293.
    C.R. Leslie and T. Taylor, Life and Times of Sir Joshua Reynolds, London, 1865, I, p. 111, note 2.
    A. Graves and W.V. Cronin, A History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, London, 1899, I, p. 262.
    Sir W. Armstrong, Sir Joshua Reynolds, London, 1900, p. 203.
    E.K. Waterhouse, Reynolds, London, 1941, p. 49.
    D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds: A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, London, 2000, I, p. 341, no. 1283, II, fig. 571.