Lot 54
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KATHERINE READ | Portrait of a woman, probably Anne Champion de Crespigny (1739-1797), bust length, within a drawn oval

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  • Portrait of a woman, probably Anne Champion de Crespigny (1739-1797), bust length, within a drawn oval
  • pastel: 24 by 18 1/8 in.; 61 by 46.4 cm.
  • framed: 30 1/4 by 25 1/4 in.; 76.8 by 64.1 cm.
pastel on paper; indistinct inscription on the reverse.


By descent in the Crespigny family;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 6 December 1912, lot 52 (as Early English School and "Portrait of Mrs. Philip Champion de Crespigny"), for 29 Guineas, to Lyon;
Xavier Haas, Paris;
By whom sold, New York, Anderson Galleries, 20 January 1927, lot 114 (as "Portrait of Lady Ann de Crespigny");
Anonymous sale, New York, Plaza Art Galleries, 27 January 1931, lot 24 (as "Portrait of Lady Ann de Crespigny").


Paris, Galerie Barbazanges, 'Les maîtres anglais (1740-1840): exposition de pastels-aquarelles et dessins,' 19 December 1919 - 10 January 1920, no. 59 (as Samuel Cotes and "Portrait of Anne Crespigny").


'Les maîtres anglais (1740-1840): exposition de pastels-aquarelles et dessins,' exhibition catalogue, Paris 1919, p. 15, cat. no. 59 (as Samuel Cotes and "Portrait of Anne Crespigny").
N. Jeffares, "Katherine Read," 'Dictionary of pastellists before 1800,' London 2006, online edition [http://www.pastellists.com/articles/read.pdf], accessed/update 18-06-2018, p. 5, cat. no. J.612.171, reproduced.

Catalogue Note

The only confusion with regards to the identity of the sitter in this portrait is whether she represents Mrs. Philip Champion de Crespigny, née Anne Fonnereau (1704–1782) or her daughter, Anne Champion de Crespigny (1739-1797).1 Based on the technique used to make this pastel in conjunction to the costume and hairstyle the sitter has, this work was probably done in the mid 1760s. Considering that Mrs. Philip Champion de Crespigny would have been close to her sixties at the time the portrait was made, it is likely that the sitter actually represents her daughter. We are grateful to Neil Jeffares for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present lot on the basis of images.

1. See Provenance.