R. K. LeBlond, Cincinnati; Thence by descent to the present owner.
The sitter of this portrait appears to be either Lady Henrietta Somerset or Ms. Charlotte Greenville, the first and second wives of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, respectively. Reynolds painted Sir Watkin and his family on multiple occasions, since he was an important 18th Century patron of the arts. Examples of such works by Reynolds are a Portrait of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn (1749-1789) and Henrietta (Somerset), Lady Williams-Wynn (1748-1769) and Portrait of Charlotte (Grenville), Lady Williams-Wynn (1754-1830) both in the National Wales Museum, Cardiff (inv. nos. NMW A 12965 and NMW A 12964).
The canvas is lined. Below a yellow varnish reads a lovely figure with some impasto that remains on the details of her dress. There is a small, thin scratch at the center left of the canvas that is barely noticeable. What appears to be a small old puncture is at the center of her chest, which has some minor losses and could be attended to. Inspection under UV light shows some small retouches on the left side, particularly by the sleeves, and on the shoulder at left, which could have also possibly been a drip from the varnish. Further reading is impeded by the milky varnish. The painting is offered in a carved, gilded, wood frame. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.