PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JOHN BEDFORD
STUDIO OF WILLIAM HOARE OF BATH, R.A. | PORTRAIT OF PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE, 4TH EARL OF CHESTERFIELD (1694-1773), HALF-LENGTH, WEARING A RED VELVET COAT AND THE GARTER STAR
Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP
Property from the Estate of John Bedford
STUDIO OF WILLIAM HOARE OF BATH, R.A.
Eye circa 1707 - 1792 Bath
PORTRAIT OF PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE, 4TH EARL OF CHESTERFIELD (1694-1773), HALF-LENGTH, WEARING A RED VELVET COAT AND THE GARTER STAR
oil on canvas, in a painted oval
76.8 x 63.7 cm.; 30¼ x 25⅛ in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is dirty, and the varnish is discoloured. There is a slight degree of wear visible throughout the work, and a stretcher mark is faintly visible along all four margins. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals some retouching along the stretcher marks and some small spots of retouching scattered in the sitter’s hair; his proper left temple also appears to have been retouched slightly, in an area measuring approx. 1 by 3 cm. There otherwise appears to be very little intervention, however, notwithstanding the opaque, milky varnish. The painting is in overall fairly good condition.
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In the current collection for at least three decades.
The sitter was a whig M.P. and statesman who distinguished himself as ambassador to The Hague for the magnificence of his entertainment, and as Viceroy of Ireland for the enlightenment and tolerance of his policies. He married Petronella von der Schulenberg, Countess of Walsingham, illegitimate daughter of George I. Another copy of this painting is in the National Portrait Gallery, London (inv. no. NPG 158), and a pastel of the sitter by Hoare is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (inv. no. P.11-1943).