View 1 of Lot 114. SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS, P.R.A.  |  PORTRAIT OF RICHARD CROFTS OF WEST HARLING, NORFOLK.
View 1 of Lot 114. SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS, P.R.A.  |  PORTRAIT OF RICHARD CROFTS OF WEST HARLING, NORFOLK.
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SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS, P.R.A. | PORTRAIT OF RICHARD CROFTS OF WEST HARLING, NORFOLK

Estimate:

40,000 - 60,000 USD

Property from Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York

SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS, P.R.A. | PORTRAIT OF RICHARD CROFTS OF WEST HARLING, NORFOLK

SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS, P.R.A. | PORTRAIT OF RICHARD CROFTS OF WEST HARLING, NORFOLK

Estimate:

40,000 - 60,000 USD

Lot sold:

32,500

USD

Property from Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York

SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS, P.R.A.

Plympton, Devon 1723 - 1792 London

PORTRAIT OF RICHARD CROFTS OF WEST HARLING, NORFOLK


oil on canvas

unframed: 51 by 45 in.; 130 by 114 cm.

framed: 59½ by 53¼ in.; 151 by 135.3 cm.

Sir John Saunders Sebright, 7th Baronet (the sitter's son-in-law);

Thence by descent to Sir Hugo Giles Sebright, 14th Baronet;

Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 25 March 1966, lot 59, for 1400 Guineas, to Leger;

The Duke of Hamilton and Brandon;

By whom sold London, Sotheby's, 6 July 1977, lot 159;

Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 24 April 1987, lot 94;

Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 16 November 1988, lot 69.

G. Waagen, Galleries & Cabinets of Art in Great Britain, (supplement to 1854 edition), London 1857, p. 330;

A. Graves and W.V. Cronin, A History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A., London 1899, vol. I, p. 213;

Sir W. Armstrong, Sir Joshua Reynolds, London 1900, p. 201;

E.K. Waterhouse, Reynolds, London 1941, pp. 65 and 113;

M. Cormack, "The Ledgers of Sir Joshua Reynolds," in Walpole Society, XLII, 1970, p. 148;

Sir R. Strong, The British Portrait 1660-1960, Woodbridge 1991, p. 216, reproduced plate 216;

D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds. A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, New Haven 2002, vol. I, p. 155, cat. no. 454; vol. II, p. 450, reproduced fig. 1134.


London, Royal Academy, Winter Exhibition, 1908, no. 152.

"Reynolds’s portrait of Richard Crofts is as much a portrait of a well-established member of society as it is an ode to fine material and contemporary fashion. Crofts's red jacket and striped waistcoat steal the show here."


David Pollack



Richard Crofts of West Harling Hall, Norfolk, was the first son of William Croftes of Saxham and his wife, Mary, daughter of Sir Mathew Decker, Bt., a London merchant. In 1773, Richard married Harriet, daughter of John Darrell, banker of York Street, St. James’s, London. Their daughter, Harriet, married John Sebright, Member of Parliament for Hertford, who succeeded to the baronetcy in March 1794, becoming 7th Baronet. Crofts is shown standing amongst trees, wearing a red coat and breeches and a pale brown, striped waistcoat. He and his wife must have sat for Reynolds in 1775, as payments were made in November of that year and April of 1776. The companion portrait of Harriet Darrell Crofts is in the collection of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee.


1. Reynold’s Pocket Books, which list sitters and their appointments, are missing for 1774 and 1775 (see Mannings, under Literature).