PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JOHN BEDFORD
THOMAS BARDWELL | PORTRAIT OF WILLIAM WENTWORTH, 2ND EARL OF STRAFFORD (1722-1791), IN PEER'S ROBES, HIS RIGHT HAND RESTING ON A TABLE BEARING AN EARL'S CORONET
Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 GBP
Property from the Estate of John Bedford
East Anglia 1704 - 1767 Norwich
PORTRAIT OF WILLIAM WENTWORTH, 2ND EARL OF STRAFFORD (1722-1791), IN PEER'S ROBES, HIS RIGHT HAND RESTING ON A TABLE BEARING AN EARL'S CORONET
inscribed with the identity of the sitter lower left: Ld. Strafford
oil on canvas
194.3 x 143.5 cm.; 76½ x 56½ in.
The canvas has a very firm relining, the paint surface is slightly dirty and the varnish is slightly discoloured and streaky. There is a faintly visible, horizontal stretcher mark across the centre of the composition. There are a couple of minor losses in the fur lining of the sitter’s robe, centre and centre left. There is a very slight degree of wear throughout. Inspection under ultraviolet light appears to reveal very little intervention, save for some minor lines of retouching in the dark background in the lower right corner, and scattered along all four margins, notably the left and right. The painting appears to otherwise be in overall good condition, particularly for a canvas of this size.
"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."
J. Wentworth Day, Esq., Wentworth Castle, Yorkshire (1899-1983);
By whom sold, London, Sotheby's, 10 November 1982, lot 28, where acquired.
The sitter was the son of Thomas Wentworth and his wife Anne Johnson. Born in 1722, he married Lady Anne Campbell, daughter of John, 2nd Duke of Argyll on 28th April 1741, and died in 1791.
A signed and dated portrait of the sitter by Bardwell from 1749 is in the collection of the Duke of Buccleuch, Bowhill (oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in.),1 and he painted three further portraits of the sitter and his wife, as well as a view of Wentworth Castle, between 1750-1752.
1 M. Kirby Taller Jr., 'Thomas Bardwell of Bungay, Artist and Author 1704-1767 with a Check-list of Works', Walpole Society, vol. XLVI, 1977, pp. 145-46, cat. no. 99, reproduced pl. 16, fig. 16c.