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    Sale 7610

    Important Old Master & British Pictures Day Sale Including Property From The Collection Of The Princely House Of Liechtenstein

    9 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 151

    Thomas Gainsborough, R.A. (Sudbury 1727-1788 London)

    Portrait of Dr. William Walcot (1719-1806), half-length, in a blue coat, in a feigned oval

    Price Realised  

    Thomas Gainsborough, R.A. (Sudbury 1727-1788 London)
    Portrait of Dr. William Walcot (1719-1806), half-length, in a blue coat, in a feigned oval
    oil on canvas
    30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)


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    Dr. William Walcot (1719-1806) was a gentleman farmer originally from Northamptonshire, who owned land outside Oundle, Ashton, Polebrook and Walsoken in Norfolk. When this portrait was sold at Sotheby's in 1965 it had an old label on the reverse, which read 'Thomas Gainsborough pinxit, Bath June 11th, 1767'. A pendant portrait of the sitter's wife (née Mary Creed), which was lot 120 in the same sale, is also recorded as being dated '1767' on the reverse (E. Waterhouse, op. cit, p. 94, no. 699). While the label on the present portrait no longer survives, the style of execution and the age of the sitter accord with this date.

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    Provenance

    J.C.C. Vowler Collection, by 1937.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 10 March 1965, lot 121 ($2,520 to Leger Galleries).
    Julia H. Rush and Richard H. Rush Trust.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this lot should be starred in the catalogue.


    Literature

    E. Waterhouse, Gainsborough, London, 1958, p. 94, no. 698.


    Exhibited

    London, Ministry of Works, on loan by 1937.
    London, Leger Galleries, 18 November-31 December 1970.
    New York, Finch College Museum of Art, The Richard H. Rush Collection, 25 February-25 April 1971, no. 39.
    Hanover, Dartmouth College, Hood Museum of Art.