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431

James Northcote R.A.

Portrait of Charlotte Leycester, full-length, wearing a white dress and holding a duckling

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Property from a Private Collection

James Northcote R.A.

James Northcote R.A.

Portrait of Charlotte Leycester, full-length, wearing a white dress and holding a duckling

Portrait of Charlotte Leycester, full-length, wearing a white dress and holding a duckling

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Lot sold:

4,410

GBP

Property from a Private Collection

James Northcote R.A.

Plymouth 1746 - 1831 London

Portrait of Charlotte Leycester, full-length, wearing a white dress and holding a duckling


signed and dated lower left: J.S.Northcote / pinx.st 1803

oil on canvas

unframed: 144.1 x 112 cm.; 56¾ x 44⅛ in.

framed: 171.9 x 140.7 cm.; 67¾ x 55⅜ in.

The canvas is lined, and the paint surface is relatively clean with a clear varnish. Much of the impasto brushwork remains intact. A vertical seam is visible under raking light approx. 20cm. in from the left margin. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals some small, cosmetic retouchings in the background, as well as fine lines in the girl's face to reduce the appearance of craquelure. There are more concentrated retouchings: to a repaired, diagonal centre which also extends into the girl's dress approx. 40cm long and a patch above this; and to a repaired damage in the foliage upper right 5 x 5 cm. There also appear to be some strengthenings near the foliage and waterfall on the right. In overall good condition.


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Anonymous sale, London, Christie's South Kensington, 11 March 1999, lot 61;
With Julian Simon Fine Art, London;
From whom acquired on 18 March 1999, by the present owner.

S. Gwynn, Memorials of an eighteenth century painter (James Northcote), London 1898, no. 385;

D. Hall, 'The Tabley House Papers', in The Walpole Society, vol. XXXVIII, 1962, pp. 85 and 117, no. 55 ('Portrait of Miss C. Leycester a child whole length' – £31–10s.');

J. Simon, 'The Account Book of James Northcote', in The Walpole Society, vol. LVIII, 1995/1996, p. 76, no. 404 ('Miss Charlotte Leicester half length for Sir John').

London, Royal Academy, 1806, no. 194.

Charlotte Leycester was the daughter of Ralph Leycester MP (1763–1835), of Toft Hall, in Cheshire. Northcote painted portraits of other members of the family for Sir John Leicester to hang at Tabley House, Knutsford, Cheshire, including one of Ralph Leycester, executed in 1801, which is still at Tabley.1


Sir John Leicester (1762–1827), who was created Lord de Tabley in the year before he died, was a notable patron of contemporary British art. He made the Grand Tour in 1785–86, but - highly singularly - he brought back no paintings, either old or new, those that he had seen having inspired a desire in him to support and acquire the art of his own countrymen.


1 https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/ralph-leycester-of-toft-17641835-103884/search/venue:tabley-house-5180/page/8