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Circle of John Thomas Seton (fl.1758-1806)
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Circle of John Thomas Seton (fl.1758-1806)

Two gentlemen seated at a table, one in a blue suit, traditionally identified as George Palmes (1776-1851), and the other in red, with a decanter, glasses and a copy of 'The York Courant' on the table, in an interior

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Circle of John Thomas Seton (fl.1758-1806)
Two gentlemen seated at a table, one in a blue suit, traditionally identified as George Palmes (1776-1851), and the other in red, with a decanter, glasses and a copy of 'The York Courant' on the table, in an interior
indistinctly signed with initals and dated 'ND/JVD? 1767 [?]' (lower left)
oil on canvas
40½ x 40½ in. (102.8 x 102.8 cm.)
Provenance
By descent in the family of the sitter.
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The sitter on the left of the picture has traditionally been identified as George Palmes (1776-1851) of Naburn Hall, Yorkshire, the eldest son of John Palmes and Susannah, daughter of Thomas Wharrie, of Hull. He married Margaret Isabella, daughter of William Lindsay, of Oaklands, Lanarkshire, on 15 January 1810, by whom he had five sons. The interior has previously been identified as York Assembly Rooms however this would seem unlikely on the basis of the architecture and decoration. The 'York Courant' was established in 1725.
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