JOHN OPIE, R.A. | Joseph sold by his brothers to the Ishmaelites
JOHN OPIE, R.A. | Joseph sold by his brothers to the Ishmaelites
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JOHN OPIE, R.A. | Joseph sold by his brothers to the Ishmaelites

Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 GBP

JOHN OPIE, R.A. | Joseph sold by his brothers to the Ishmaelites

Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 GBP

Lot Sold:10,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from a Canadian Private Collection

JOHN OPIE, R.A.

Cornwall 1761 - 1807 London

Joseph sold by his brothers to the Ishmaelites


oil on canvas, unlined

83.5 x 71 cm.; 32¾ x 28 in.

Condition Report

The canvas is lined, the paint surface is slightly dirty, and the varnish is discoloured and uneven. There are a handful of tiny spots of paint loss in the red cloak of the figure on the left, in the lower right quadrant, and along the right margin. There is a diagonal surface scratch in the trees upper right, approx. 9cm. long. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a thick, milky varnish underneath which it is difficult to discern any restoration bar for some lines of scattered strengthening, which are found mainly in the red-cloaked figure on the left. The painting appears in overall good condition. Offered in a carved and gilt wood frame with a few losses.


"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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

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Cataloguing

Provenance

George Rush, Esq. (d. 1851), Farthinghoe, Northamptonshire, before 1807;

By whom gifted to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Clarke;

Thence by inheritance to Mrs. Forbes, Brighton;

Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 28 January 1911, lot 102, for £1;

Mrs. P. Churchill, Burnicombe House, Scarborough;

By whom sold, London, Sotheby's, 18 June 1931, lot 65, for £6 to Hoffman.

Literature

R. Steele, 'The Tatler', vol. 4, in British Classics, J. Sharpe (ed.), London 1804, pp. 203–07, reproduced no. 233;

A. Earland, Opie and his Circle, London 1911, pp. 330–31.

Catalogue Note

When Mrs. Edward Clarke sat for John Opie in 1807, he informed her that he had painted the present work twenty-one years prior, in 1785.(1)


1 See Earland 1911, p. 331.

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