• Old Master Paintings Part II auction at Christies

    Sale 2657

    Old Master Paintings Part II

    26 January 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 270

    John Hamilton Mortimer (Eastbourne 1740-1779 London)

    Banditti fishing

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    John Hamilton Mortimer (Eastbourne 1740-1779 London)
    Banditti fishing
    oil on canvas
    30¼ x 25¼ in. (76.8 x 64.1 cm.)


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    Banditti (bandits) became familiar to English painting after the mid-1700s. Mortimer, however, was the first English artist to make these lively figures the central subjects of his work, and by the early 1770s the subject of banditti, which hearkened to the anti-academic and dramatic work of Salvator Rosa, had become incredibly popular to a wide group of his contemporaries.

    Provenance

    Richard Payne Knight, Downton Castle, Herefordshire; by descent to
    Major W.M.P. Kincaid Lennox; by descent to
    Denis Lennox; Sotheby's, London, 17 June 1981, lot 84.
    with Morton Morris & Company Ltd., London, where acquired by Christian B. Peper, 1982.


    Literature

    M. Clarke and N. Penny, The Arrogant Connoisseur: Richard Payne Knight, 1751-1824, exhibition catalogue, Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, 1982, pp. 96-97, 180, no. 188.
    J. Sunderland, John Hamilton Moritmer: His Life and Works, Walpole Society, LII, 1988, p. 177, no. 124, fig. 217.


    Exhibited

    (Possibly) London, Society of Artists, 1777, no. 89, as 'a small picture of Banditti fishing'.
    Birmingham, Works of Art from Midland Houses, 18 July-6 September 1953, no. 52.
    Eastbourne, Towner Art Gallery and Kenwood, Iveagh Bequest, John Hamilton Mortimer, A.R.A., 1749-1799: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints, 6 July-3 September and 10 September-8 October 1968, no. 70.
    Paris, Petit Palais, La Peinture Romantique Anglaise et les préraphaelites, January-April 1972, no. 194.
    Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, Richard Payne Knight Exhibition, February-April 1982.