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195

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A.
PORTRAIT OF SOPHIA, MRS EDWARD SOUTHWELL, LATER LADY DE CLIFFORD (1743-1828)
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 56,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
195

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A.
PORTRAIT OF SOPHIA, MRS EDWARD SOUTHWELL, LATER LADY DE CLIFFORD (1743-1828)
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 56,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A.
PLYMPTON, DEVON 1723 - 1792 LONDON
PORTRAIT OF SOPHIA, MRS EDWARD SOUTHWELL, LATER LADY DE CLIFFORD (1743-1828)

Provenance

By descent from the sitter to her son, Edward Southwell, Lord de Clifford (1767-1832);
Sold by the trustees of his deceased estate, London, Christie's, 20 April 1833, lot 56 (as 'The Dowager Lady Clifford, in an oval, very spirited'), where bought, according to Graves and Cronin (see literature), for the family, but afterwards sold to Wertheimer, London;
With Charles Wertheimer, London, by whom sold, on 23 March 1888, to Thomas Agnew & Son;
With Agnew's, London, sold, on 30 April 1888, to James Price;
By whom sold back to Agnew's, 21 June 1893;
With Agnew's, London, sold, 2 June 1894, to Abel Buckley;
Sold by his executors back to Agnew's again, 17 February 1910;
With Agnew's, London, sold ,12 July 1910, to G. L. Bevan;
By whom sold again to Agnew's,18 July 1910;
With Agnew's, London, sold, on 11 April 1911 to Joseph Bruce Ismay (1862-1937);
Thence by descent to the present owner.

Exhibited

London, Royal Academy, 1875, no. 61.

Literature

Agnew's Picture Stockbook, no. 4;
A. Graves & W. V. Cronin, A History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, 4 vols., London 1899-1901, vol. III, p. 915, reproduced vol. II, opposite p. 544 (before it was over painted);
E. K. Waterhouse, Reynolds, London 1941, p. 58 (as Mrs. Edward Southwell);
D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds; A complete catalogue of his paintings, 2 vols., London and New Haven 2000, text vol., no. 1654, p. 421, plates vol., fig. 882, p. 378 (reproduced with over paint). 

Catalogue Note

The sitter was the daughter of Samuel Campbell of Mount Campbell, Co. Leitrim, Ireland. On 29 August 1765 she married Edward Southwell, who succeeded to the barony of De Clifford in 1776. Her husband died one year later, in 1777, and the newly enobled, and widowed Lady de Clifford was appointed Governess to Princess Charlotte (1796-1817), daughter of the future King George IV.

Painted in 1766, appointments with Mrs Southwell are recorded in Reynolds's account book in March and April of that year (see. Mannings, op.cit). Originally an oval the painting was adapted in the early twentieth century, sometime after the publication on Graves and Cronin's four volume catalogue (see literature), at which point the curtain on the right hand side was painted out and the composition extended to a rectangle. Illustrated in its adapted state in Mannings's 2000 catalogue raisonné, recent restoration has returned the painting to the original, removing the twentieth century over paint to reveal the curtain, and return it to its oval format.

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