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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF GERALD F. FITZGERALD

Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.
PORTRAIT OF LADY ALSTON
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF GERALD F. FITZGERALD

Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.
PORTRAIT OF LADY ALSTON
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.
SUDBURY 1727-1788 LONDON
PORTRAIT OF LADY ALSTON

Provenance

Henry Farrar, FSA (1798-1866);
His posthumous sale, London, Christie's, 15 June 1866, lot 87 (where bought in);
Catherine Farwell;
Her sale, The Priory, Burnham by Phillips, 5 July 1921, lot 274, to T.H. Robinson;
By whom sold to M. Knoedler, London and New York, 7 July 1921;
By whom sold to John Levy Galleries, New York, 1 May 1925;
James V. Watson, Chicago;
His sale, Chicago, Michael Tauber, 22 March 1937, lot 1037, to Loomis;
Mrs. Edwin C. Loomis, Winnetka, Illinois, for $3,600;
With Marie Sterner, New York, 1942;
James Jarrell, Chicago;
His sale, Chicago, Hanzell Galleries, 22 May 1966, lot 99;
There purchased by the family of the present owners.

Exhibited

Montreal and Toronto, M. Knoedler at Jenkins Art Galleries, Exhibition of English and Foreign Masters, December 1924, no. 3.

Literature

E.K. Waterhouse, "Preliminary Check List of Portraits by Thomas Gainsborough", in Walpole Society 1948-50, XXXIII, 1953, p. 2, no. 2;
E.K. Waterhouse, Gainsborough, London 1958, p. 51, cat. no. 14.

Catalogue Note

Gertrude Alston (née Durnford) was the sixth daughter of Reverand Thomas Durnford (circa 1682-1747) and Susanna (b. 1696). She married Colonel Rowland Alston (1725-1791) on 22 September 1753 in London, who later inherited the title of Baron following the death of his brother Thomas. The Alstons lived mostly in London, though they made frequent trips to Bath throughout their lives. It is in Bath that Lady Alston sat for Gainsborough for three separate portraits. The first portrait he executed of Lady Alston is the incredibly elegant and imposing full length depiction of her which now hangs in the Louvre (inv. RF 1947-1). That portrait of Lady Alston must be considered one of Gainsborough’s finest, and among the best examples of his portraiture from not only his time in Bath, but from his entire illustrious career. The second portrait commissioned by Lady Alston was unrecorded until its reappearance at auction, where it was sold London, Sotheby’s, 19 March 2003, lot 40. Similar to the present work, that portrait was also bust length and of similar dimensions. The present portrait painting was the last of Lady Alston be painted by Gainsborough. Based on similar costume, composition and figure type, it may compared with another portrait from 1767 of Mrs. Walcot (sold London, Sotheby’s, 10 march 1965, lot 120) dated to 1767.

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