Lot 272
  • 272

Sir Henry Raeburn R.A., P.R.S.A.

40,000 - 60,000 USD
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  • Sir Henry Raeburn R.A., P.R.S.A.
  • Portrait of Mrs. Blair
  • oil on canvas
  • 29 3/4  by 24 3/4  in.; 75.6 by 63 cm.


With Thos. Agnew & Sons, London (from an old label on the reverse);
George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859-1925), Viceroy of India;
Thence by descent to Richard Curzon, Viscount Scarsdale of Kedleston;
By whom sold ("The Scarsdale Heirlooms"), London, Christie's, 18 July 1930, lot 106, to Lewiston;
With Newhouse Galleries, New York, by 1932;
R.L. Skofield, Greenwich, CT;
By whom sold, New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., 1 February 1940, lot 68;
There acquired by the grandfather of the present owner.


New York, Newhouse Galleries, Van Dyck to Lawrence, The Development of English Portrait-painting, 23 January - 13 February 1932, no. 21 (as painted in 1811).


The Fine Arts, February 1932, reproduced.

Catalogue Note

In the catalogue of the 1932 Newhouse Galleries exhibition (see Exhibited), the sitter was identified as possibly the aunt of Master William Blair whose portrait, also by Raeburn, is in the Huntington Art Museum and Library, San Marino, CA.  The Portrait of Mrs. Blair was sold with a certificate from W. Roberts and James Greig in the 1940 auction at Parke-Bernet (see Provenance).