2 June 2009
PROPERTY FROM THE LATE DR WILLIAM LINDSAY GORDON COLLECTION
ATTRIBUTED TO FRANÇOIS FERRIÈRE (SWISS, 1752-1837)
William Pitt, The Younger (1759-1806), in navy double-breasted coat with gold buttons, yellow waistcoat with stand-collar, white knotted cravat, powdered hair
inscribed on backing card 'No. 8 15. 15. - Rt. Hon: Wm.. Pitt.'
oval, 2 7/8 in. (72 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame
Christie's, London, 17 March 1987, lot 81 (as William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham by William Grimaldi).
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François Ferrière worked in Britain between 1793 and 1804. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and his patrons included members of the aristocracy and, in particular, the 3rd Duke of Buccleuch. He also painted numerous French emigrées.
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