• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 7783

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours Day Sale

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 234

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

    Wooded landscape with a shepherd and sheep on a slope by a river, a mountain beyond

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    Thomas Gainsborough, R.A. (Sudbury, Suffolk 1727-1788 London)
    Wooded landscape with a shepherd and sheep on a slope by a river, a mountain beyond
    oil on canvas
    18¾ x 26¼ in. (47.7 x 66.7 cm.)


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    This canvas is from the left hand section of Gainsborough's Country Churchyard, of which a second fragment formerly owned by Lord Robert Sutherland Gower is recorded (Hayes, no. 125b). The composition is recorded in reverse in an aquatint of 1790 by M.C. Prestal, published by Robert Pollard with the first sixteen lines of Gray's Elegy in a Country Churchyard, which was dedicated to Sir Joshua Reynolds.

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    Provenance

    Kirkman; Christie's, London, 1 May 1790, lot 75 (apparently unsold).
    Tassaert; Christie's, London, 5 March 1803, lot 54 (unsold).
    Probably George Leveson-Gower, 1st Duke of Sutherland (1758-1833), and by descent at Dunrobin Castle and elsewhere to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY OF TITLE


    Literature

    J. Hayes, The Landscape Paintings of Thomas Gainsborough, A Critical Text and Catalogue Raisonné, London, 1982. pp. 482-5, under no. 125b, with full bibliography (illus.).


    Exhibited

    London, Royal Academy, 1780, no. 319 (complete picture).