23 January 2004
Joseph Wright of Derby, R.A. (Derby 1734-1797)
Portrait of a young girl, bust-length, in a white dress
oil on canvas
16 1/8 x 13¼ in. (41 x 33.5 cm.)
with Agnew's, London.
Lillian S. Whitmarsh, New York, (+); Parke-Bernet, New York, 7-8 April 1961, lot 280 (as 'Thomas Gainsborough-[Portrait] of Miss Gainsborough, the artist's daughter').
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The present work dates from circa 1760 and is stylistically comparable to Wright's series of portraits of the Wilmot children (see B. Nicholson, Joseph Wright of Derby, London, 1968, I, pp. 225-6, nos. 142-7; II, plates 9-15).
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