LOUIS-GABRIEL BLANCHET | Portrait of a Gentleman, probably Henry Arundell, 8th Baron Arundell of Wardour (1740–1808), three-quarter length, seated
Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP
Paris 1705 - 1772 Rome
Portrait of a Gentleman, probably Henry Arundell, 8th Baron Arundell of Wardour (1740–1808), three-quarter length, seated
indistinctly signed and inscribed lower right: Al Sig. Arundel / Phillipe Exon. / Je suis monsieur / avec sincer [...] / votre serviteur / Blanchet
oil on canvas
100 x 75 cm.; 39⅜ x 29½ in.
The canvas has been relined. The paint surface is clean. To the naked eye there is some retouching to the sitter’s forehead, shirt and in the background, There is a 4 cm damage to the sitter’s cheek, and a 10 cm repaired tear from the chin to the left shoulder. There is a further 7 cm repaired tear to the base of the left hand column. Ultra violet inspection reveals an uneven layer of varnish and further retouching to the forehead, cheek and upper left corner, and to the lower right corner and the area next to the sitter’s right shoulder. The work is offered in a carved and gilt wood frame.
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Possibly painted for Henry Arundell, 8th Baron Arundell of Wardour (1740–1808);
Thence by descent within the family of the Lords Arundell of Wardour;
Anonymous sale, Monaco, Sotheby’s, 17 June 1988, lot 887, where acquired by the present owner.
Henry Arundell, 8th Baron Arundell of Wardour (1740–1808) was the son of Henry, 7th Baron Arundell of Wardour (1717–56), and is documented as being in Rome in 1760, and as such would have been roughly twenty years old when this portrait was painted. He was notoriously profligate and undertook an extensive redevelopment project of Wardour Castle, the family seat, saddling his heirs with considerable debts upon his death, which resulted in much of the family estate being sold. He was an enthusiastic collector of art and had an elegant full-length portrait of himself painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds, now held at the Dayton Art Institute, Ohio.(1)
1 Inv. no. 1969.52; see, D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, New Haven and London 2000, p. 359, cat. no. 816, reproduced.