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PROPERTY OF AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

William Hoare of Bath, R.A.
PORTRAIT OF HENRY FIENNES PELHAM-CLINTON, EARL OF LINCOLN (1750-1778); TOGETHER WITH HIS ELDER SISTER, CATHERINE (B. 1748)
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PROPERTY OF AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

William Hoare of Bath, R.A.
PORTRAIT OF HENRY FIENNES PELHAM-CLINTON, EARL OF LINCOLN (1750-1778); TOGETHER WITH HIS ELDER SISTER, CATHERINE (B. 1748)
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William Hoare of Bath, R.A.
EYE CIRCA 1707 - 1792 BATH
PORTRAIT OF HENRY FIENNES PELHAM-CLINTON, EARL OF LINCOLN (1750-1778); TOGETHER WITH HIS ELDER SISTER, CATHERINE (B. 1748)

Provenance

Grace, Lady Sondes, of Lees Court, Kent, née Pelham (1731-1777), the sitter’s aunt; by direct descent to George, 4th Earl Sondes (1914-1970);
his trustee’s sale, London, Phillips, 24 November 1980, lot 131 (as Francis Cotes, Portrait of Edward and Anna Marie Astley);
with Morton Morris, London;
from whom acquired by the present owners

Literature

N. Jeffares, A Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800, on-line edition

Catalogue Note

The present pastels can be dated to the late 1750s and they depict two of the 2nd Duke and Duchess of Newcastle's children. Catherine, who here is considered to be aged ten or eleven, wears a simple white dress, a blue shawl and pretty lace bonnet. Henry, who is perhaps eight years old, wears 'Vandyck' costume, with a dashing ermine-lined blue coat. 

Henry was born in 1750, his elder brother, George, died in 1752 and from that date on, as his father's heir, he was styled Earl of Lincoln. In the 1770s, he served as a Member of Parliament and in 1775, he married Frances Seymour-Conway, a daughter of the 1st Marquess of Hertford. He died in France in 1778 and his younger brother, Thomas, succeeded to the Dukedom.

Catherine was born in 1748 but except for this, no other information about her life has so far come to light. Sadly, she may have died young.

The Duke of Newcastle and his immediate family were important patrons of William Hoare of Bath and there is another version of the Earl of Lincoln by the artist in the Nottingham City Art Gallery. The present pair of portraits descended in the family of the sitters’ aunt, Grace, Lady Sondes, until they were sold at Phillips in 1980. We are grateful to Neil Jeffares for his help when cataloguing this lot.

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