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English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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Gainsborough, Thomas
TWO AUTOGRAPH RECEIPTS SIGNED ("THO GAINSBOROUGH")
each acknowledging receipt of ten Guineas from Sir John Sebright for half payment for a three-quarter length portrait, 2 pages, oblong 8vo, 11 March and 5 April 1768, the first receipt docketed by Sebright, the second receipt with part of a pencil sketch portrait of a woman by another hand on the verso
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RARE. According to our records, only one autograph item by Gainsborough has been sold at auction since the early 1990s. Clients commonly paid Gainsborough a down-payment to secure the commission and the balance on completion of the work, as was evidently the case here. General Sir John Sebright, 6th Bt (1725-1794), of Beechwood Park in Hertfordshire, was an MP and friend of Edmund Burke. Gainsborough's portrait of him was sold at Sotheby's, New York, on 17 January 1992.

English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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London