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

Portrait of Richard, 2nd Baron Edgcumbe (1716-1761), small three-quarter-length, in Peer's robes over a dark blue velvet suit

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Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. (Plympton, Devon 1723-1792 London)
Portrait of Richard, 2nd Baron Edgcumbe (1716-1761), small three-quarter-length, in Peer's robes over a dark blue velvet suit
oil on oak panel
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm.)
Provenance
(possibly) Matthew Fortescue (1719-1785) and by descent to his grandson,
George Fortescue (1791-1877).
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London 19 March 2003, lot 43.
Literature
W. Cotton, Sir Joshua Reynolds and his Works: Gleanings from his Diary, unpublished manuscripts, and from other sources, London, 1856, p. 87.
D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, New Haven and London, 2000, I, p. 177, no. 562; II, p. 256, fig. 449.
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Lot Essay

Richard Edgcumbe was the eldest son of Richard, 1st Baron Edgcumbe (bap. 1680, d. 1758), and his wife Matilda Furnese (d. 1721). As a young boy, Edgcumbe, who drew and painted, was a close friend of Joshua Reynolds and his father was one of Reynolds’ first patrons. Edgcumbe went on to become a politician and held various positions throughout his career, including Lord of Trade, Lord of the Admiralty, Comptroller of the Household and Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall. As a Member of Parliament he represented the boroughs of Plympton Erle from 1742-47, Lostwithiel from 1747-54 and Penryn from 1754-58. Edgcumbe was a man-about-town and a friend of Horace Walpole, George Selwyn and Gilly Williams. Indeed, Reynolds painted for Walpole a group portrait of Edgcumbe, Selwyn and Williams, entitled A Conversation Piece. Edgcumbe was also a habitual gambler, regularly losing 20 guineas a day at White's Club. He had four children with a mistress, but died unmarried and was succeeded by his brother George, 1st Earl of Mount Edgcumbe (1720-1795). The present lot is a variant of a larger portrait by Reynolds, which was destroyed by bombing in World War Two. Mannings notes that the format is unusual, though not unique. (op.cit. p.177).

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