ROBERT HUNTER | PORTRAIT OF JOSEPH LEESON, LATER 2ND EARL OF MILLTOWN (1730-1801), FULL-LENGTH, STANDING BY A CLASSICAL URN, A LANDSCAPE BEYOND
ROBERT HUNTER | PORTRAIT OF JOSEPH LEESON, LATER 2ND EARL OF MILLTOWN (1730-1801), FULL-LENGTH, STANDING BY A CLASSICAL URN, A LANDSCAPE BEYOND
ROBERT HUNTER | PORTRAIT OF JOSEPH LEESON, LATER 2ND EARL OF MILLTOWN (1730-1801), FULL-LENGTH, STANDING BY A CLASSICAL URN, A LANDSCAPE BEYOND
ROBERT HUNTER | PORTRAIT OF JOSEPH LEESON, LATER 2ND EARL OF MILLTOWN (1730-1801), FULL-LENGTH, STANDING BY A CLASSICAL URN, A LANDSCAPE BEYOND
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KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE

ROBERT HUNTER | PORTRAIT OF JOSEPH LEESON, LATER 2ND EARL OF MILLTOWN (1730-1801), FULL-LENGTH, STANDING BY A CLASSICAL URN, A LANDSCAPE BEYOND

Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP

KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE

ROBERT HUNTER | PORTRAIT OF JOSEPH LEESON, LATER 2ND EARL OF MILLTOWN (1730-1801), FULL-LENGTH, STANDING BY A CLASSICAL URN, A LANDSCAPE BEYOND

Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Lot sold:18,750GBP

Description

KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE


ROBERT HUNTER

Ulster active 1752 - 1803 Dublin

PORTRAIT OF JOSEPH LEESON, LATER 2ND EARL OF MILLTOWN (1730-1801), FULL-LENGTH, STANDING BY A CLASSICAL URN, A LANDSCAPE BEYOND


oil on canvas

76.4 x 63.5 cm.; 30⅛ x 25 in.

Condition Report

The canvas is unlined, the paint surface is dirty and the varnish is discoloured. There are very tiny pin-prick losses scattered throughout, most notably in the upper right and lower left corners. Discoloured retouching is visible to previous losses along the stretcher marks on the upper and left sides, and in further areas in the sky in the upper left corner. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these and reveals further scattered, small retouchings in the background on the left and around the legs of the figure also to disguise the appearance of previous losses. In overall fairly good condition. 


"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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Saleroom Notice

Please note that the canvas is unlined, and not as stated in the printed catalogue.

Provenance

Joseph Leeson, 2nd Earl of Milltown (1730-1801), Russborough House, County Wicklow;

By whom gifted to Elizabeth, Lady Leitrim (d. 1817).

Literature

A. Crookshank, 'Robert Hunter', in Irish Arts Review Yearbook, 1989-1990, p. 183, cat. no. 55.

Exhibited

Belfast, Ulster Museum, Exhibition of Portraits of Great Irish men and women, 24 June - 24 July 1965, no. 116 (as Arthur Devis);

Dublin, Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Exhibition of Paintings from Irish Collections, 20 May - 25 August 1957 (as Arthur Devis).

Catalogue Note

Leeson is notable as being the subject of the earliest extant portrait by Pompeo Batoni of a British sitter, painted in Rome and dating from 1751, which is today in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (inv. no. NGI.702). Here he is shown in Van Dyck costume. Leeson was MP for Thomastown in 1757-60, and succeeded his father as Earl of Milltown in 1783. 

ROBERT HUNTER | PORTRAIT OF JOSEPH LEESON, LATER 2ND EARL OF MILLTOWN (1730-1801), FULL-LENGTH, STANDING BY A CLASSICAL URN, A LANDSCAPE BEYOND
KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE
ROBERT HUNTER | PORTRAIT OF JOSEPH LEESON, LATER 2ND EARL OF MILLTOWN (1730-1801), FULL-LENGTH, STANDING BY A CLASSICAL URN, A LANDSCAPE BEYOND
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