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with Pawsey and Payne, London.
James Thursby-Pelham and by descent to the present owner.
Lots 388, 389 and 407 are from the collection of James Augustine Harvey Thursby-Pelham. A leading expert in early English furniture, who filled his house at 55 Cadogan Gardens with fine works of art. He was advisor to Queen Mary but when she realised that he would not part with what he claimed were heirlooms, she ceased visiting, though she continued to rely on his advise. Much of his collection of drawings was acquired from Pawsey and Payne of Bury Street; his daily routine consisted of walking there from 55 Cadogan Gardens, browsing through the drawings, lunching at his club and walking home again.
A large group of fine early portrait drawings from this collection were sold in these Rooms on 7 November 1995, lots 39 to 70. Additional drawings from the collection are to be included in the Old Master and 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours sale, King Street, 8 December, lot 21 and 9 December lot 227.