BIAGIO REBECCA | A GROUP PORTRAIT OF THOMAS BANKES WITH HIS WIFE AND SON, ALL FULL-LENGTH
BIAGIO REBECCA | A GROUP PORTRAIT OF THOMAS BANKES WITH HIS WIFE AND SON, ALL FULL-LENGTH
BIAGIO REBECCA | A GROUP PORTRAIT OF THOMAS BANKES WITH HIS WIFE AND SON, ALL FULL-LENGTH
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Property from an Important Private Collection

BIAGIO REBECCA | A GROUP PORTRAIT OF THOMAS BANKES WITH HIS WIFE AND SON, ALL FULL-LENGTH

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

Property from an Important Private Collection

BIAGIO REBECCA | A GROUP PORTRAIT OF THOMAS BANKES WITH HIS WIFE AND SON, ALL FULL-LENGTH

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from an Important Private Collection

BIAGIO REBECCA

Osimo 1734/5 - 1808 London

A GROUP PORTRAIT OF THOMAS BANKES WITH HIS WIFE AND SON, ALL FULL-LENGTH


oil on canvas

75.8 x 63 cm.; 29⅞ x 24¾ in.

Condition Report

The canvas has a firm relining, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear. Inspection under ultraviolet light appears to reveal extremely little intervention save for some pin-prick retouchings scattered in the gentleman’s coat, and to disguise some fine lines of craquelure in the lady and child’s face, as well as some retouching around the child’s outstretched arms and around the gentleman’s legs and feet. There are also some small strengthenings in the foreground in the lower left corner. The painting is in overall good condition and is ready to hang in its current state.


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Cataloguing

Provenance

By descent from the sitters;

Henrietta, widow of Walter Ralph Bankes (d. 1904), Kingston Lacy and Corfe Castle;

Esmond Harmsworth, 2nd Viscount Rothermere (1898-1978);

Thence by descent.

Literature

V. Manners and G.C. Williamson, John Zoffany, his life and works 1735-1810, London 1920, p. 177 (as Zoffany, painted at Kingston Lacy).

Catalogue Note

Biagio Rebecca came from an Italian family. He studied at the Royal Academy in 1760 and began exhibiting in 1770. He was admitted to associate membership of the Academy in 1771, but exhibited for the last time in 1772, after which he spent his time on interior decoration, working for wealthy clients and painting stairwells and ceilings. One of his best-known murals is the cupola at Heaton Hall, near Manchester.

STYLE: Private Collections
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