SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS P.R.A. | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, PROBABLY MISS JANE ASHTON, HALF LENGTH, IN A BLUE DRESS WITH WHITE LACE CUFFS
Property from the Collection of Stan Battat
SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS P.R.A. | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, PROBABLY MISS JANE ASHTON, HALF LENGTH, IN A BLUE DRESS WITH WHITE LACE CUFFS
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SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS P.R.A. | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, PROBABLY MISS JANE ASHTON, HALF LENGTH, IN A BLUE DRESS WITH WHITE LACE CUFFS
SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS P.R.A. | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, PROBABLY MISS JANE ASHTON, HALF LENGTH, IN A BLUE DRESS WITH WHITE LACE CUFFS
SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS P.R.A. | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, PROBABLY MISS JANE ASHTON, HALF LENGTH, IN A BLUE DRESS WITH WHITE LACE CUFFS
SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS P.R.A. | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, PROBABLY MISS JANE ASHTON, HALF LENGTH, IN A BLUE DRESS WITH WHITE LACE CUFFS
SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS P.R.A. | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, PROBABLY MISS JANE ASHTON, HALF LENGTH, IN A BLUE DRESS WITH WHITE LACE CUFFS
SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS P.R.A. | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, PROBABLY MISS JANE ASHTON, HALF LENGTH, IN A BLUE DRESS WITH WHITE LACE CUFFS
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SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS P.R.A. | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, PROBABLY MISS JANE ASHTON, HALF LENGTH, IN A BLUE DRESS WITH WHITE LACE CUFFS

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD

Property from the Collection of Stan Battat

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SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS P.R.A. | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, PROBABLY MISS JANE ASHTON, HALF LENGTH, IN A BLUE DRESS WITH WHITE LACE CUFFS

SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS P.R.A. | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, PROBABLY MISS JANE ASHTON, HALF LENGTH, IN A BLUE DRESS WITH WHITE LACE CUFFS

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD
Lot sold:62,500USD
(18 bids, reserve met)

Description

Property from the Collection of Stan Battat

SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS P.R.A.

Plympton, Devon 1723-1792 London

PORTRAIT OF A LADY, PROBABLY MISS JANE ASHTON, HALF LENGTH, IN A BLUE DRESS WITH WHITE LACE CUFFS


oil on canvas

canvas: 30 by 24⅞ in.; 76.2 by 63.2 cm.

framed: 39½ by 34½ in.; 100.3 by 87.6 cm.

Condition report

The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, simonparkes@msn.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.


This work has not been restored for many years. The canvas has an old glue lining. Successive linings have left the impasto slightly pressed. The paint layer is stable. It is slightly dirty. The dress of the figure is in good condition, but the floral corsage shows abrasion. There is some thinness in the shadows of the arm. Some fairly strong cracks in the face have received retouches, and the shadow in the cheek and jawline have also been retouched. The paint layer in the hair, background and curtain in the upper left has become thin over time and presumably has received some retouches, but none are clearly evident under ultraviolet light.


"This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."

Provenance

Reverend John Francis Ashton;

By whom sold ("Property of the Rev. John Francis Ashton"), London, Christie's, 7 June 1918, lot 107 (as Miss Jane Ashton);

There acquired by Arthur Tooth, London;

Possibly with Leggatt, London, by 1921 (probably only for cleaning);

Possibly anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 13 April 1923, lot 38 (as Miss Jane Ashton and where likely unsold);

The Arthur Tooth Collection sale ("The Collection of the Late Arthur Tooth"), New York, American Art Association, 19 February 1925, lot 30 (as Miss Jane Ashton);

There acquired by Mrs. J. W. Loring;

Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 5 October 2004, lot 81;

There acquired.

Literature

A. Graves and W.V. Cronin, A History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, London 1899-1901, volume I, p. 37 (as Miss Ashton);

E.K. Waterhouse, Reynolds, London 1941, pp. 41 (as Miss Jane Ashton and formerly with Mssrs. Leggatt, London);

D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, New Haven and London 2000, vol. I, p. 67, cat. no. 81, reproduced vol. II, p. 204, fig. 256. 

Catalogue note

David Mannings dates this painting to 1757 (see Literature) and notes that it shares stylistic affinities with Reynolds's Portrait of Mrs. James Fortescue in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight.1 Although the identity of this sitter is not securely identified, Miss Ashton had appointments with Reynolds for May and June 1757 according to the artist's pocket book.


1. Oil on canvas, 76 by 63.5 cm., inv. no. LL 3541.