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Bought by either General the Hon. James St. Clair (1688-1762) or by his widow, Janet née Dalrymple (d.1766), for her house in Greek Street, London, and bought at an auction of the contents of that house following her death, by her nephew
David Dalrymple, 1st Lord Hailes (1726-92) for Newhailes House, Midlothian, Scotland, and by descent at Newhailes until sold in 1928 by Sir David Dalrymple (d.1932).
With Partridge, 1928.
Percy R. Pyne, New York.
Mrs Robert G. Elbert, Long Island and New York.
With Partridge, New York.
Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., sold Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 6-7 May 1960, lot 516.
There are replacements to the stretchers. No side or middle stretchers are visible on the 'pheasant' chair in the 1917 photograph. However, two of its present stretchers are 18th century. This suggests that the remaining 18th century stretchers were redistributed among the set of four after their sale in 1928.
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
L. Weaver, 'Newhailes, Midlothian', Country Life, 8 September 1917, pp. 228-232 (illustrated in situ in the Library).
H. Cescinsky, The Gentle Art..., London, 1931, pl. 242.
(The 'peacock' chair illustrated)
P. Duncan, 'Newhailes, East Lothian', Country Life, 29 January and 5 February 1987.
J. Cornforth, 'Newhailes, East Lothian', Country Life, 21 and 28 November 1996.
I. Gow, Scottish Houses and Gardens, London, 1997, p. 107.
J. Cornforth, 'Newhailes, Midlothian', Country Life, 22 August 2002, p. 65-66.