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432

Thomas Phillips, R.A.

Portrait of Elizabeth Cochrane-Johnstone (1784–1883), aged 17, wearing a Spanish dress, a guitar by her side

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

12,000 - 18,000 GBP

The Property of a Gentleman

Thomas Phillips, R.A.

Thomas Phillips, R.A.

Portrait of Elizabeth Cochrane-Johnstone (1784–1883), aged 17, wearing a Spanish dress, a guitar by her side

Portrait of Elizabeth Cochrane-Johnstone (1784–1883), aged 17, wearing a Spanish dress, a guitar by her side

Estimate:

12,000 - 18,000 GBP

The Property of a Gentleman

Thomas Phillips, R.A.

Dudley 1770 - 1845 London

Portrait of Elizabeth Cochrane-Johnstone (1784–1883), aged 17, wearing a Spanish dress, a guitar by her side


oil on canvas

unframed: 224 x 141 cm.; 88¼ x 55½ in.

framed: 250 x 167.5 cm.; 98½ x 66 in.

The canvas is lined and the paint surface is relatively dirty, with a yellowed, thick and uneven varnish. The canvas is slightly loose on its stretcher at the upper margin. There are a handful of pinprick losses, notably two in the cupboard, centre right. The dark pigments in her dress and cloak have degraded slightly and developed a slightly more distinctive craquelure. There are some small discoloured retouchings visible, scattered in the background. The thick and opaque varnish impedes the discernment of prior intervention, but inspection under ultraviolet light does reveal a few pinprick spots of more recent retouching, scattered in the sitter, as well as three slightly more concentrated spots in her neck, just below her chin. There appear to be no major damages, and the painting appears to be in overall good condition.


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By descent from the sitter to Major Francis Nigel Napier, 14th Lord Napier and 5th Baron Ettrick, KCVO (1930–2012);
By whom sold, London, Sotheby's, 9 July 1997, lot 48;
Where acquired by the present owner.
The sitter was the daughter of Colonel the Hon. Andrew James Cochrane-Johnstone, who was the youngest son of Thomas 8th Earl of Dundonald and his wife Georgina, daughter of James Hope-Johnstone, 3rd Earl of Hopetoun. On 28 March 1916 she married Captain William John, 9th Lord Napier of Merchistoun (1786–1834), a dashing naval officer who served with distinction in the Defiance at the battle of Trafalgar and was later sent out to China with two frigates to protect British interests. He was a Lord of the Bedchamber to King William IV, and was Ambassador and Minister Extraordinary to China from 1833 until 1834. She had eight children. Her eldest son, Francis, 10th Lord Napier, and 1st Baron Ettrick, KT, was between 1857 and 1864 the British Ambassador at Washington, the Hague, St Petersburg and Berlin. Between 1866 and 1872 he was Governor of Madras and Acting Viceroy of India.