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THOMAS SPENCER | RALPH GORE, VISCOUNT BELLEISLE AND 1ST EARL OF ROSS (1725-1802) ON HIS BAY HUNTER IN A LANDSCAPE

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 GBP

KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE

THOMAS SPENCER | RALPH GORE, VISCOUNT BELLEISLE AND 1ST EARL OF ROSS (1725-1802) ON HIS BAY HUNTER IN A LANDSCAPE

THOMAS SPENCER | RALPH GORE, VISCOUNT BELLEISLE AND 1ST EARL OF ROSS (1725-1802) ON HIS BAY HUNTER IN A LANDSCAPE

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Lot sold:

52,500

GBP

KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE


THOMAS SPENCER

British, active circa 1730 - circa 1763

RALPH GORE, VISCOUNT BELLEISLE AND 1ST EARL OF ROSS (1725-1802) ON HIS BAY HUNTER IN A LANDSCAPE


later inscribed lower left: RALPH GORE / EARL OF ROSS

oil on canvas

101 x 137.5 cm.; 39¾ x 54⅛ in.

The canvas is unlined and slightly loose along the upper edge, the paint surface is dirty and the varnish is discoloured. There are numerous small losses along the centre of the lower margin, and the paint surface is also starting to lift with a danger of further losses in the sky around the gentleman and in the upper right corner where some small losses have already occurred. There are also a couple of small losses in the foliage of the tree on the right. Retouching to two small damages are visible in the horse's rump and front left leg, both approx. 0.5 x 0.5 cm. Inspection under ultraviolet does not appear to reveal any further intervention and the painting appears to be largely untouched, though older restoration is difficult to discern below the opaque varnish. In overall 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.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Please note that the canvas is unlined and not as stated in the printed catalogue. This work will be sent to our warehouse after the sale.

We are grateful to Richard Wills for endorsing the attribution to Spencer following first-hand inspection of the work. The painting will be included in his catalogue raisonné on James Seymour as a copy after the signed and dated painting from 1748 by Seymour in the Duke of Norfolk's collection, Arundel Castle (oil on canvas, 104.8 x 135.3 cm.).


The sitter was born at Belle Isle Castle, the second son of Sir Ralph Gore, 4th Bt., and his second wife Elizabeth, only daughter of St. George Ashe, Bishop of Clogher. A distinguished soldier and politician he was created Earl of Ross in 1772, a title that had been dormant since the previous Earl of Ross had become King Charles I in 1625. Ralph Gore was a cousin of Hannah Gore (who was married to Nathaniel Clements, the 1st Earl of Leitrim’s father) and also married her youngest daughter, Alice - making him the brother-in-law of Robert Clements, 1st Lord Leitrim.