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Manner of Francis Wheatley

The Courtship

Estimate:

2,000 to - 3,000 GBP

Property from the Collection of Sir Michael Smurfit

Manner of Francis Wheatley

Manner of Francis Wheatley

The Courtship

The Courtship

Estimate:

2,000 to - 3,000 GBP

Property from the Collection of Sir Michael Smurfit

Francis Wheatley

The Courtship


bears signature F. Wheatley. (lower right)

oil on canvas

unframed: 61 by 47cm.; 22 by 18½in.

framed: 81 by 65.5cm.; 32 by 25¾in.

The canvas is lined, and the paint surface is clean with a clear varnish. There are small, discoloured retouchings visible scattered throughout. Inspection under ultraviolet light further reveals strengthening in areas of the figures and background as well as a more concentrated area of retouching in the top of the arch upper centre. The painting presents well and is ready to hang.


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Athena Fine Art, Dublin (as Francis Wheatley), from where acquired by Sir Michael Smurfit.
The present work is painted in the tradition of British portrait painter, Francis Wheatley. Wheatley was born in London and is best known for his 'conversation' pieces, or informal, full-length group portraits on a small scale. Financial troubles caused him to flee to Ireland in 1779 where he travelled extensively, paintings scenes that captured the charm of everyday life. Five years later, he returned to London and was elected a Royal Academician in 1791.