Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.
SUDBURY 1727 - 1788 LONDON
MRS. WILLIAM TENNANT, NÉE MARY WYLDE, SEATED IN A LANDSCAPE
Major William Tennant, Little Aston Hall, Staffordshire (d. 1803);
By descent to his son, William Tennant, Little Aston Hall (1783 - 1835);
By descent to his son, William Tennant, Little Aston Hall (d. 1848);
By descent to his brother, Captain Charles Edmund Tennant, Needwood House, Staffordshire (d.1862);
By descent to his son, Major Charles Richard Tennant, Needwood House and St. Anne's Manor, Sutton Bonnington, Nottinghamshire (b. 1851);
With Charles Wertheimer, London;
There acquired by J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1837-1913), on 19 April 1902 for £30,000;
By descent in 1917 to his daughter, Mrs. William Pierson (née Juliet P. Morgan) Hamilton (1870-1952);
With Scott & Fowles, New York;
There acquired by Jules S. Bache, New York (1861-1944), in 1928 for $60,000;
By whom bequeathed to the Bache Foundation;
From which acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 1945 (inv. no. 45.59.1).
London, Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., Ninth Annual Exhibition, 1903, no. 23 (lent by J. Pierpont Morgan);
Manchester, City Art Gallery, Loan Exhibition of Works by Early British Masters, 4 November 1909 - 1 January 1910, no. 33 (lent by J. Pierpont Morgan);
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Collection of Paintings lent by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1913;
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Loan Exhibition of the J. Pierpont Morgan Collection, 17 February 1914 - 28 May 1916, pp. 105-6;
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, "The Bache Collection," 16 June - 30 September 1943, no. 55;
Little Rock, Arkansas Arts Center, Five Centuries of European Painting, 16 May - 26 October 1963, p. 34.
W. Roberts, "Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan's Pictures: The Early English School, II," Connoisseur vol. XVI, November 1906, p. 143;
W. Roberts in Pictures in the Collection of J. Pierpont Morgan at Princes Gate & Dover House, London, vol. I, London 1907, unpaginated, reproduced;
B. Burroughs, "A Loan Exhibition of Mr. Morgan's Paintings," Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. VIII, January 1913, p. 12 (reprinted as pamphlet, "Collection of Paintings Lent by J. Pierpont Morgan," at least 7 eds., p. 10);
Guide to the Loan Exhibition of the J. Pierpont Morgan Collection, exhibition catalogue, New York 1914, pp. 105–6;
É. Brandus, "La collection des tableaux anciens de M. Jules S. Bache, à New-York," La Renaissance de l'art, vol. XI, no. 5, May 1928, pp. 181, 184, reproduced p. 197;
W. Heil, "The Jules Bache Collection," Art News, vol. XXVII, no. 30, 27 April 1929, p. 4;
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Collection of Jules S. Bache, New York 1929, unpaginated, reproduced;
A. L. Mayer, "Die Sammlung Jules Bache in New-York," Pantheon, December 1930, p. 542;
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Bache Collection, New York 1937, cat. no. 56;
H. B. Wehle, "The Bache Collection on Loan," Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. I, no. 10, June 1943, p. 290;
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Bache Collection, rev. ed., New York 1943, cat. no. 55, reproduced;
An American Correspondent, "English Portraits in the Jules Bache Collection," Connoisseur 113, March-June 1944, p. 52;
E. K. Waterhouse, "Preliminary Check List of Portraits by Thomas Gainsborough," Walpole Society 33, 1953, p. 104;
E. K. Waterhouse, Gainsborough, London 1958, p. 92, cat. no. 658;
K. Baetjer, European Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, A Summary Catalogue, New York 1980, vol. I, p. 67, reproduced vol. II, p. 259;
J. Holloway, Treasures of Fyvie, exhibition catatalogue, Edinburgh 1985, p. 45, under cat. no. 12;
J. Strouse, Morgan: American Financier, New York 1999, pp. 489–90;
K. Baetjer, British Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575–1875, New York 2009, pp. 108–9, cat. no. 48, reproduced.
Eugene Tilly, 1904.