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Allan Ramsay (1713-1784)

Portrait of John Prideaux Basset (1740-1756), full-length, in pink van Dyck dress, a whippet at his side, in a wooded landscape

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Allan Ramsay (1713-1784)
Portrait of John Prideaux Basset (1740-1756), full-length, in pink van Dyck dress, a whippet at his side, in a wooded landscape
signed 'A. Ramsay' (lower right)
oil on canvas
59½ x 38½ (151.2 x 97.9 cm.)
Provenance
By descent to A.F. Basset, Tehidy Park, Cornwall; Christie's, London, 9 January 1920, lot 139 (230gns. to Robinson). with Knoedler, London, 1921. with MacNicol, Glasgow, 1953, from whom acquired by the family of the present vendor.
Literature
J.L. Caw, 'Allan Ramsay, Portrait Painter', Walpole Society, XXV, 1937, p.47.
Connoisseur, CXXI, 1953, pp. 72 and 113.
A. Smart, Allan Ramsay: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, ed. J. Ingamells, London, 1999, p. 78, illustrated fig. 258.
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Lot Essay

John Prideaux Basset was the posthumous son of John Pendarves Basset (1713-1739) of Tehidy Park, Cornwall, and his wife Anne, daughter and co-heiress of Sir Edmund Prideaux, 5th Bt., of Netherton. He died in 1756 aged only sixteen and was buried at Illogan.

Tehidy Park, which was built for the Basset family in 1734, to the designs of Thomas Edwards of Greenwich, and which was later rebuilt, was destroyed by fire shortly after the end of the First World War.
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