View 1 of Lot 194. Portrait of Catherine Chichester (1765-91), half-length, wearing a white dress with a blue sash.
View 1 of Lot 194. Portrait of Catherine Chichester (1765-91), half-length, wearing a white dress with a blue sash.
194

George Romney

Portrait of Catherine Chichester (1765-91), half-length, wearing a white dress with a blue sash

Estimate:

12,000 - 18,000 GBP

The Property of a Gentleman

George Romney

George Romney

Portrait of Catherine Chichester (1765-91), half-length, wearing a white dress with a blue sash

Portrait of Catherine Chichester (1765-91), half-length, wearing a white dress with a blue sash

Estimate:

12,000 - 18,000 GBP

Lot sold:

25,200

GBP

The Property of a Gentleman

George Romney

Dalton 1734 - 1802 Kendal

Portrait of Catherine Chichester (1765-91), half-length, wearing a white dress with a blue sash


oil on canvas

unframed: 76.8 x 63.8 cm.; 30 1/4 x 25 1/8 in.

framed: 98.4 x 85.5 cm.; 38 3/4 x 33 5/8 in.

The sitter's father, John Chichester, Arlington and Calverleigh, Devon;
Thence by descent to the sitter's brother-in-law, Sir Thomas Hugh Clifford, Bt. (later Constable; 1762-1823), Tixall, Staffordshire and Burton Constable, Yorkshire;
Lt.-Col. Raleigh Chichester-Constable, D.L., Burton Constable, Yorkshire;
By whom sold, London, Christie's, 8 July 1927, lot 46, for 4,000 Guineas to Knoedler;
With M. Knoedler and Co., New York, by whom sold to
Clendenin James Ryan (1882-1939), Baltimore;
His posthumous sale, New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 19 January 1940, lot 208;
Anonymous sale ('The Property of a New York Estate Bequeathed to an Eastern University'), New York, Christie's, 12 January 1994, lot 141;
With Rafael Valls, London, from whom acquired, 21 January 1994, by the present owner.
H. Ward and W. Roberts, Romney: A Biographical and Critical essay with a Catalogue Raisonné of his Works, London 1904, vol. II, p. 28 (as painted in 1789);
A. Kidson, George Romney, A complete catalogue of his paintings, New Haven and London 2015, vol. I, p. 127, cat. no. 237, reproduced in colour.
New York, Union League Club, Paintings of the Eighteenth Century English School, 1933, no. 22;
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear Museums, on loan 2007-12;
Newcastle upon Tyne, Laing Art Gallery, on loan 2015;
National Trust, Arlington Court, Devon, on loan until 2020.

Catherine Chichester was the elder daughter of John Chichester of Arlington, Devon. This portrait was painted in 1789 - the sitter and her sister, Mary (whose portrait is in the Burton Constable Foundation, East Yorkshire),1 had eight appointments with Romney between April and November that year. Catherine later entered a convent in Bruges, where she died only two years after this portrait was executed.


1 https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/mary-mcdonald-chichester-17681825-wife-of-thomas-hugh-clifford-constable-77518