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Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. (1723-1792)
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Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. (1723-1792)

Portrait of Master or Miss Neate, full-length, seated, in a white satin dress, holding a King Charles Spaniel, beside a draped curtain, a lake landscape beyond

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Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. (1723-1792)
Portrait of Master or Miss Neate, full-length, seated, in a white satin dress, holding a King Charles Spaniel, beside a draped curtain, a lake landscape beyond
oil on canvas
50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm.)
in a contemporary carved and gilded frame
Provenance
By descent to Commander C.E. Neate; Sotheby's London, 3 July 1956, lot 31 (1,350 gns. to Agnews).
Sold by Agnews to Vice-Admiral B.C.B. Brooke, 1957.
Acquired through Agnews by Sir Michael Sobell, 1959.
Literature
E.K. Waterhouse, 'Reynolds's Sitter Book for 1755', Walpole Society, vol. XLI, 1966-8, pp. 166.
D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, London, 2000, p. 452, no. 1785, fig. 27.
Exhibited
London, Royal Academy, British Portraits, 1956-7, no. 206, as 'Miss Neate'.
Birmingham, Reynolds, 1961, no. 7, as 'Miss Neate', lent by Michael Sobell.
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Lot Essay

The present picture, datable to the mid-1740s, relates to the Portrait of Thomas Neate (1741-1825), Martha Neate and their tutor Mr. Needham in a landscape by the artist, signed and dated 1748, and formerly in the collection Capt. Burnaby Neate. An old and now indistinct label on the reverse is recorded identifying the sitter as the 'child born to Mr. Vanderwall after his marriage to Mrs. Neate' [sic]. The sitter is possibly Harris Neate, who married Martha Van de Wall (1743-1828) in the early 1760s by whom he had a daughter, also Martha, who died unmarried. Harris Neate seems to have died by 1766 when his widow remarried John Williams of Pant Howel, a wealthy landowner in Pembrokeshire (see F. Jones, 'The Families of Talyerwth and Pant Howel', The Camarthenshire Antiquary, 1987, pp. 35-37).

The present portrait is one of a small number of early portraits executed before Reynolds left for Italy in 1749.
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