London, South Kensington
28 April 2016
Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. (Plympton 1723-1792 London)
Portrait of Montagu Edmund Parker (1737–1813), bust-length, in a blue frock coat and red velvet collar with gold buttons, in a feigned oval
oil on canvas
30 ¼ x 25 ¼ in. (76.8 x 64.1 cm.)
Sir Thomas Dyke Acland (1722-1785), Killerton, Devon, by 1768, and by descent to,
C.H.D. Acland Esq., Ambleside; (†) Christie's, London, 15 October 1982, lot 32, as of 'John Parker', when acquired by the present owner.
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F. St J. Gore, The Saltram Collection, Plympton, Devon, 1967, p. 54.
D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, New Haven and London, 2000, I, p. 367, no. 1400 (untraced), II, p. 398, fig. 953.
Dated by David Mannings (op. cit.) to circa 1768, this portrait was traditionally thought to show John Parker, 1st Lord Boringdon (1735-1788), no doubt due to an old inscription on a similar portrait of the same sitter at Saltram House, Devon (Mannings, op. cit., p. 367, no. 1399). Mannings believes the sitter for both portraits to be Boringdon’s younger brother, Montague Edmund Parker (1737-1813), who lived at Whiteway House, Devon.
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