View full screen - View 1 of Lot 57. AFTER SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS | CARICATURE OF THOMAS BRUDENELL-BRUCE, 1ST EARL OF AILESBURY, THE HON. JOHN WARD, JOSEPH LEESON, LATER 2ND EARL OF MILLTOWN, AND JOSEPH HENRY OF STRAFFAN.
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AFTER SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS | CARICATURE OF THOMAS BRUDENELL-BRUCE, 1ST EARL OF AILESBURY, THE HON. JOHN WARD, JOSEPH LEESON, LATER 2ND EARL OF MILLTOWN, AND JOSEPH HENRY OF STRAFFAN

Estimate:

4,000

to
- 6,000 GBP

KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE

AFTER SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS | CARICATURE OF THOMAS BRUDENELL-BRUCE, 1ST EARL OF AILESBURY, THE HON. JOHN WARD, JOSEPH LEESON, LATER 2ND EARL OF MILLTOWN, AND JOSEPH HENRY OF STRAFFAN

AFTER SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS | CARICATURE OF THOMAS BRUDENELL-BRUCE, 1ST EARL OF AILESBURY, THE HON. JOHN WARD, JOSEPH LEESON, LATER 2ND EARL OF MILLTOWN, AND JOSEPH HENRY OF STRAFFAN

Estimate:

4,000

to
- 6,000 GBP

Lot sold:

87,500

GBP

KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE


AFTER SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS

CARICATURE OF THOMAS BRUDENELL-BRUCE, 1ST EARL OF AILESBURY, THE HON. JOHN WARD, JOSEPH LEESON, LATER 2ND EARL OF MILLTOWN, AND JOSEPH HENRY OF STRAFFAN


oil on canvas, unlined, in a carved and gilt wood frame

58.7 x 43.6 cm.; 23⅛ x 17⅛ in.

The canvas is unlined, the paint surface is dirty and the varnish is discoloured. There are faint stretcher marks along all four margins, and the texture of the paint surface on all four sides appears smoother than that of the central image. There is a rather pronounced network of craquelure particularly in the lower part of the painting. There is small loss in the lower left-hand corner, and a visible retouching in the upper left corner. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms the aforementioned retouching and appears to reveal no other intervention. In overall good condition.


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Possibly Joseph Leeson, 2nd Earl of Milltown (1730-1801), Russborough House, County Wicklow and gifted to Elizabeth, Lady Leitrim (d. 1817).

Inventory, 27th June 1836, 'Caricature by Sir Joshua Reynolds of Lords Milltown, Aylesbury and Dudley and Mr Henry of Straffan – gilt frame' in the Dining Room.

A copy after Sir Joshua Reynolds' painting from 1751 in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (oil on canvas, 63 x 49 cm.).This was appropriately entitled Four Learned Milordi when exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1986.


Joseph Henry, nephew of the future 1st Earl of Milltown, studies a plan of the Cloaca Maxima, the ambitious sewerage system of Ancient Rome. He and his friends were all part of the circle around Viscount Charlemont in Rome. In this caricature Reynolds has captured their different personalities through their exaggerated physical features. Baron Bruce was reserved and very tall; John Ward more outgoing and well-versed in Classical authors; while young Joseph Leeson was gawky with little conversation.


Inv. no. NGI.736; D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, New Haven and London 2000, text vol. p. 492, cat. no. 1964, plates vol., p. 155, reproduced fig. 64.