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John Singleton Copley, R.A.

Portrait study of Norton Joseph Knatchbull (1783-1801), bust-length, wearing a blue coat

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 GBP

John Singleton Copley, R.A.

John Singleton Copley, R.A.

Portrait study of Norton Joseph Knatchbull (1783-1801), bust-length, wearing a blue coat

Portrait study of Norton Joseph Knatchbull (1783-1801), bust-length, wearing a blue coat

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 GBP

John Singleton Copley, R.A.

Boston 1738 - 1815 London

Portrait study of Norton Joseph Knatchbull (1783-1801), bust-length, wearing a blue coat


oil on canvas, oval

54.7 x 44.7 cm.

The canvas is lined, and the paint surface is relatively clean with a thick and discoloured varnish. Discoloured retouching is visible in a thin line along a 'Q' shaped repaired tear - this starts at the top of the sitter's head with the tail of the 'Q' going across the top right of his forehead. Under ultraviolet light this retouching is just visible beneath the thick and milky varnish, which makes further intervention impossible to read, save for a handful of pin-prick spots at the tip of his nose and one in his nostril, and a few which fluoresce lightly in his forehead top left. The painting appears in fair overall condition.


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Sir Edward Knatchbull, 8th Bt. (1760-1819);
Thence by descent.
Catalogue of Portraits, 1920, no. 55;
J.D. Prown, John Singleton Copley, Cambridge, Massachusetts 1966, vol. II, pp. 361-71, and 424, reproduced fig. 640.
A sketch for the large family group portrait of 1800-03 (see lot 170). Norton Joseph Knatchbull was the second son of Sir Edward Knatchbull and Mary Hugessen. He was an officer in the navy and died at Plymouth on 17th March 1804, aged 18.