ANTHONY FREDERICK AUGUSTUS SANDYS | Darby in his Basket Kennel
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Property of the Trustees of The Finnis Scott Foundation

ANTHONY FREDERICK AUGUSTUS SANDYS | Darby in his Basket Kennel

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Property of the Trustees of The Finnis Scott Foundation

ANTHONY FREDERICK AUGUSTUS SANDYS | Darby in his Basket Kennel

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Lot Sold:25,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property of the Trustees of The Finnis Scott Foundation


ANTHONY FREDERICK AUGUSTUS SANDYS

1832-1904

Darby in his Basket Kennel


signed l.l.: F. Sandys

oil on panel

37 by 26cm., 14½ by 10¼in.

Condition Report

The following condition report has been provided by Hamish Dewar, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.


STRUCTURAL CONDITION

The artist's panel is providing a secure and stable structural support.


PAINT SURFACE

The painting fluoresces slightly unevenly under ultraviolet light.

Under natural light a line of retouching can be seen along the lower horizontal framing edge, appearing in the blue pigments and measuring approximately 6 cm in length and covering frame abrasion to the paint surface. The paint surface has a few scratches and abrasions.


SUMMARY

The painting therefore appears to be in good and stable condition.


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Cataloguing

Provenance

Maas Gallery, London, in 1968;

Hartnoll & Eyre, London, where bought by Sir David Scott in January 1969 for £475

Exhibited

Maas Gallery, London, Exhibition of Victorian Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings, 1968, no.31;

Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland, Sunshine & Shadow - The David Scott Collection of Victorian Paintings, 1991, no.24

Literature

Betty Elzea, Frederick Sandys 1829-1904 - A Catalogue Raisonné, Woodbridge, 2001, pp.13, 153, catalogue no.2.A.1., illustrated as colour plate 6;

Sotheby's, Pictures from the Collection of Sir David and Lady Scott, 2008, p.108, illustrated p.109

Catalogue Note

It has been suggested that the present picture may be the portrait of a pet belonging to the artist's patron and friend the Reverend James Bulwer. Sandys may have had in mind the pet dog, similarly curly and winsome, in Jan Van Eyck's The Arnolfini Marriage (National Gallery, London), in choosing to paint Darby. Comparison was made in an obituary of Sandys after his death in 1904 to the work of Van Eyck, which may mean that in his lifetime he had made something of a personal cult of the works of the Flemish artist. Betty Elzea, in her catalogue of Sandys's works, also draws comparison between 'Darby' and various of the terrier subjects painted by the older Victorian artist, Edwin Landseer, citing Dignity and Impudence (Tate) of 1839, and Pincher, the Property of Montague Gore, Esq. (c. 1848) as particularly close. The former subject had been engraved and was very widely known.

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist Art
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