Lot 181
  • 181

Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
12,500 GBP
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  • Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.
  • Portrait of Richard Lowndes (c.1707-1775)
  • oil on canvas
  • 76 by 63.5 cm.; 30 by 25 in.


Presumably descended in the Selby-Lowndes family to William Selby-Lownes, Waddon Hall, by descent to an anonymous lady;
her sale, London, Sotheby's, 11th July 1984, lot 48 (bt. for £5,500 by Mrs Charles Mills);
Mrs Charles Mills, Hilborough Hall, Norfolk;
her posthumous sale, London, Chistie's, 22nd November 1985, lot 110 (bt. for £4,860 by Lady Leigh);
thence by descent to the present owner


To be included in the forthcoming catalogue raissoné of the portraits of Thomas Gainsborough by Hugh Belsey

Catalogue Note

The sitter was the eldest son of Robert Lowndes, a minister to Queen Anne and one of the founders of the Bank of England, and his wife Margaret. He lived at the family seat at Waddon Hall, Winslow, and served as High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire from 1738-39 and Member of Parliament from 1741 until 1774.

Though this picture does not appear in any literature John Hayes saw it in 1984 and confirmed the attribution at the time of the Sotheby's sale. The sitter appears in the published list of visitors to Bath in 1759, whilst the artist was resident in the city, and it appears that this would be a likely date for the painting.

We are grateful to Hugh Belsey for his assistance with the cataloguing of this lot, and for confirming the attribution of the painting on the basis of photographs.