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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Sir George Hayter
SAINT PETER PAYING THE TRIBUTE WITH A PIECE OF SILVER FOUND IN A FISH
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184

THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Sir George Hayter
SAINT PETER PAYING THE TRIBUTE WITH A PIECE OF SILVER FOUND IN A FISH
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Sir George Hayter
LONDON 1792 - 1871
SAINT PETER PAYING THE TRIBUTE WITH A PIECE OF SILVER FOUND IN A FISH
indistinctly signed and dated upper left: H.1817
oil on canvas
117 x 170 cm.; 46 x 66 7/8  in.
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Provenance

Commissioned by John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford (1766–1831) to hang at Woburn Abbey;
Thence by descent to Hastings Russell, 12th Duke of Bedford (1888–1953);
By whom sold, London, Christie's, 19 February 1951, lot 179;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 8 November 1995, lot 113;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's South Kensington, 27 May 2004, lot 262.

Exhibited

London, British Institution, 1819, no. 248.

Catalogue Note

Hayter began his artistic career painting portrait miniatures but by his early twenties he was resolved to concentrate on painting in oils. Though best known as a portraitist, Hayter painted a number of subject pictures early in his career, many of which were exhibited at the British Institution where, in 1815, he exhibited his first major work, St Bernard. In the same year he exhibited The Prophet Ezra, for which he was awarded the Institution’s first premium. Lawrence was moved to write: 'a new Prodigy has started up at the British Institution.'

Hayter was fortunate to have as his patron John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford. Bedford introduced Hayter to Canova, whose portrait he completed in Rome, and he encouraged the artist to go to Rome to study. In the autumn of 1816 Hayter set off for Rome and stayed there until early 1818. Whilst there he painted landscapes and academic drawings, but his major work was this impressive Tribute Money which gained him election as honorary member to Rome’s celebrated Accademia di San Luca.

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