Property from a New York Private Collection
JOHN NOST SARTORIUS
(London 1759 - 1828)
SETTING OUT; TALLY HO!; FULL CRY; AND THE KILL
The first, signed lower center: J.N. Sartorius; the second and third, signed and dated lower right: J.N. Sartorius 1826; the fourth, signed lower right: J.N. Sartorius
a set of four, oil on canvas
each 10 by 14 in.; 25.4 by 35.6 cm.
All four canvases are tightly relined and stable on their stretchers. Detailed landscape images read well beneath clear varnish. A fine web of craquelure is present throughout each painting and is stable and not distracting. No areas of loss or repair are visible to the naked eye. Under UV inspection, the varnish fluoresces unevenly on all four painting, and each has scattered thin retouching to address craquelure and small losses, mostly concentrated in the sky of each. The first image has a repaired T-shaped tear or loss in the sky not visible to the naked eye. The third image shows retouching to address frame abrasion along the left edge and more extensive retouching in the sky than in the other images. The paintings can all hang in their current state. Offered in matching simply carved giltwood frames with scattered paint losses.
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Anonymous sale ("The property of a lady"), London, Christie's, 16 November 1990, lot 79;
John Nost Sartorius was one of the leading sporting artists of his day, and was patronized by the most famous sportsmen, including the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Derby, and others. The present set of four pictures is an imagined narrative of a fox hunt rather than a portrait of any particular sitter or horse; it was likely intended to hang in a country home.