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    Sale 12040

    Interiors

    14 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 436

    Studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. (Devon 1723-1792 London)

    Venus and Cupid or 'The Wanton Bacchante'

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    Studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. (Devon 1723-1792 London)
    Venus and Cupid or 'The Wanton Bacchante'
    oil on canvas
    50¼ x 40 in. (127.4 x 101.5 cm.)


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    Formerly attributed to Reynolds, recent research has established this picture to be 'an accomplished replica of the prime version...' the picture acquired by John Fitzpatrick, 2nd Earl of Upper Ossory after the artist's death (M. Postle in Mannings, op. cit.). Martin Postle suggests that it might be related to a previously unlocated copy by John Rising (loc. cit.). Rising was both a portrait and subject painter, and is said to have assisted Reynolds and made copies after his works, for example the Portrait of The Rt. Hon. Charles James Fox, now at Petworth House, which was also sold in Rising's posthumous sale in 1818.

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    Provenance

    (Possibly) John Rising (1753-1817); his studio sale (†), Christie's, London, 2 May 1818, lot 100, as 'a charming copy from the admired original picture by Sir Joshua... ' (56 gns.).
    Private collection, England.
    with Anthony Mould, London.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 25 November 1998, lot 90, as 'Joshua Reynolds'.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 25 May 1999, lot 91, as 'Joshua Reynolds'.


    Literature

    M. Postle, Sir Joshua Reynolds: The Subject Pictures, Cambridge University Press, 1995, p. 200-6.
    D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds: A complete catalogue of his paintings, New Haven and London, 2000, I, p. 572, no. 2175; II, p. 617, fig. 1709, as 'An accomplished replica of the prime version [Earl of Upper Ossory]... Although the handling in the present work is very reminiscent of Reynolds, a comparison with the prime original suggests that it is a Studio version'.