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Lot 257

Gilbert Stuart

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

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(American, 1755-1828)Portrait of Thomas Dawson, 1st Viscount Cremorne (1725-1813), unsigned, oil on canvas, 36-1/8 x 28-1/4 in.; modern pickled and gilt wood frame, 42-1/2 x 35-1/8 in. - Note: Thomas Dawson became Baron Dartrey, of Dawson's Grove, County Monaghan, Ireland in 1770. The same year in Philadelphia, he married Hannah Freame (1741-1826), granddaughter of William Penn, the founder of that city. Also in 1770, Gilbert Stuart began an apprenticeship under the Scottish painter, Cosmo Alexander, who had been touring America beginning in 1766. He and Gilbert Stuart left for Scotland in 1771. It is possible that this portrait was painted in 1770, perhaps for the occasion of Dawson's second marriage at the age of fifty in Philadelphia or while Stuart was in Europe.Exhibited: (According to Strickland) Royal Academy, London, Royal Academy, 1785, no. 176, as 'Portrait of a Nobleman'Literature:ÿPark, Lawrence, and Royal Cortissoz.ÿGilbert Stuart, an Illustrated Descriptive List of His Works Compiled by Lawrence Park, with an Account of His Life by John Hill Morgan and an Appreciation by Royal Cortissoz.ÿNew York: Rudge, 1926, No. 208, p. 255, Volume I (accompanied by facsimile of catalogue page.) - Provenance: Thomas Dawson, Baron Cremorne; By descent with the Barony Cremorne beginning with his great nephew, Richard Thomas Dawson (1788-1827); Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, Accession no. 1961.166 (label verso); Christie's New York, June 4, 2009, Lot 103; Private Collection


lined with wax and linen, restretched on new tension bar stretcher, lightened retouch in clothing at bottom, crackle, scattered light retouch; frame with minor wear, with attached museum plaques