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    Sale 2175

    Old Masters and 19th Century Art

    4 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 27

    Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt. (London 1735-1811 Winchester)

    Portrait of John Bligh, 3rd Earl of Darnley (1719-1781), three-quarter-length, in peer's robes

    Price Realised  

    Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt. (London 1735-1811 Winchester)
    Portrait of John Bligh, 3rd Earl of Darnley (1719-1781), three-quarter-length, in peer's robes
    oil on canvas
    49¾ x 40 3/8 in. (126.4 x 102.5 cm.)


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    The sitter was the son of John Bligh, 1st Earl of Darnley and his wife, Theodosia, Baroness Clifton. He succeeded his elder brother to the title in 1747 and devoted much time and money to extending Cobham Hall. A version of the portrait was sold at Sotheby's, London, 21 March 2002, lot 44, for $12,290.