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

Portrait of Catherine Schindlerin, bust-length, in a black coat and white neck and head scarf with pink bows, holding a muff, in a feigned oval

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Studio (?) of Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. (Plympton, Devon 1723-1792 London)
Portrait of Catherine Schindlerin, bust-length, in a black coat and white neck and head scarf with pink bows, holding a muff, in a feigned oval
oil on canvas
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)
Provenance
Mrs Harnage, from whom acquired in 1878 by Agnews;
with Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, from whom acquired by Alfred de Rothschild, and by descent to the present owner.
Literature
D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, New Haven and London, 2000, p. 405, under no. 1579, copy no. 1579a (untraced).

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Lot Essay

The German-born singer Catherine Schindlerin was trained by Venanzio Rauzzini. Charles Burney, in his History of Music (ed. Heitz, 1958, iv, 881), gives her a mixed review, 'her figure was elegant and graceful on the stage, and she was a good actress...Her voice was a mere thread, for the weakness of which there was neither taste nor knowledge to compensate'.

Mannings lists two portraits of the sitter; a first painted for the Duke of Dorset in c. 1775, exhibited at the British Institute in 1817 and 1843, and now known only through a 1777 engraving by J.R. Smith (op. cit., no. 1578); and a second painted for Mrs Horton in c. 1775, also now untraced it was attributed to 'M W Peters' when it came up for auction at Christie's, New York, 25 March 1983, lot 61. While listed under copies of the Horton portrait, the present portrait portrait shows a freshness of handling and numerous pentimenti which may not be consistent with a copy.

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