Anonymous sale, ("Property of the Estate of a Boston Family"), New York, Christie's, 4 October 1996, lot 52 (with incorrect provenance, exhibition history, and literature); There acquired.
The Honorable Emma Crewe was the daughter of John, 1st Lord Crewe and Frances Anne Greville, a famously beautiful Whig hostess. Sir Joshua Reynolds painted Anne several times as well as Emma's son John, 2nd Lord Crewe, who posed as Henry VIII. This portrait was likely made toward the end of Hoppner's career, before Emma's marriage to Foster Cunliffe Offley in 1809. A smaller version of this painting is in a private collection in England.
The canvas has been relined. The painting is in great condition and retains its original color and some impasto. Under UV inspection, finely applied, tiny retouches are visible throughout, with no areas of concentration or large repairs. This painting can hang as is, and would possibly improve with light cleaning. Offered in a decoratively carved gilt frame with very small chips and a loss to the nameplate identifying the sitter and artist. 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.