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George Richmond, R.A.
PORTRAIT OF OSWALD SMITH, AGED FORTY-TWO
Estimate
6,0008,000
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134
George Richmond, R.A.
PORTRAIT OF OSWALD SMITH, AGED FORTY-TWO
Estimate
6,0008,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Recollections of Places Past, Property from the Estate of Sir John and Lady Smith

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George Richmond, R.A.
1809-1896
PORTRAIT OF OSWALD SMITH, AGED FORTY-TWO

Exhibited

London, Royal Academy, 1869, no.315

Literature

Inventory of the Property of Oswald A. Smith at 73 Eaton Square, 1890, probably 'Dining Room / Portrait of Mr O. A. Smith';
Inventory of the Property of Guy O. Smith at 33 Grosvenor Street, 1904, Dining Room / Oil painting portrait O. A. Smith. Richmond';
Inventory of the Property of Guy O. Smith at 19 Hill Street, 1927, 'The Dining Room / George Richmond R.A. / Portait of Oswald Smith Esq., 37in. x 27½in.';
Inventory of the Property of Rose O. Smith at 25 Chesham Place, 1931, 'Main Hall /Oil Painting: Mr Oswald Smith by Richmond 37 by 28'

Catalogue Note

Preparatory sketches for this portrait were begun on 6 February 1869, when Oswald Smith wrote in his diary (Private family archive); 'After  breakfast I walked across the Park To Richmond's and was there till one. He made a sketch of me. I enjoyed my sitting very much. R. is most cultivated, intelligent and pleasant and full of anecdote of the great people (in every great sense) that he has known - Faraday, Lyndhurst, Gladstone etc. and arranged a sitting for tomorrow with Richmond...' The portrait progressed on Shrove Tuesday 9 February; '... By 10 at Richmond's after a pleasant breezy walk across the Park. He began a new sketch of me today in another "pose", which seemed to satisfy him better. I remained until 12.' There was another morning sitting at Richmond's but the weather was 'Dismal, dark and rainy' which was not ideal for an artist but on 13 February his diary reads; 'A most brilliant morning. I went to Richmond's at 11 for my third sitting this week and came home to lunch at 2.' With two more half-day sittings the portrait was almost complete which is fortunate as Smith was beginning to tire or bore of the experience; '... I had a long sitting of over 3 hours, but which luckily proved almost the final one. He showed me the portrait today - certainly seems a great success. He likes it immensely himself, and thinks that it and his likeness of Dr. Watson are the two best things he has done.' On Saturday 22 March, Smith recorded; 'I walked up to Richmond's by 10 o'clock, and had my last sitting.' The last mention of the portrait was on 23 September; 'I had my picture hung this morning.'

Recollections of Places Past, Property from the Estate of Sir John and Lady Smith

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