Inscribed: J. Russell pinxt / 1767 (at lower left on fictive frame)
76 × 64 cm (29 7/8 × 25 3/16 in.)
Bequest of John and Dorothy Estabrook
Extended information about this artwork
Art Institute of Chicago, Annual Report 1987-88 (Chicago, 1988), p. 65.
Malcolm Warner in Susan Wise and Malcolm Warner, French and British Paintings from 1600 to 1800 in The Art Institute of Chicago. A Catalogue of the Collection (Chicago, 1996), pp. 291-93, ill.
Possibly Pratt, Guildford [if this portrait is the one recorded in the Thorburn or Thurburn collection by George C. Williamson, John Russell, R.A. (London, 1894), pp. 166-67]; Probably Col. Thurburn, Kirkfell, Upper Norwood, Surrey by 1894 [according to Williamson 1894, cited above, who described a portrait in the collection of Col. Thorburn [sic] showing “An old Gentleman in claret and gold coat, and a three-cornered hat, unknown. 30 x 25 [inches]. Oil. 1767”]. Sold Christie’s, London, May 12, 1919, no. 27, bought jointly by Knoedler and Colnaghi and Obach [letter of September 6, 1994 from Melissa De Medeiros, librarian at Knoedler in curatorial file]; sold by them to Sir Samuel Waring, London, October 1920 [letter cited above]. Sold Christie’s, London, December 10, 1971, no. 133 to Hutchinson for 200 gns. [annotated sale catalogue Ryerson Library, Art Institute of Chicago; in this and subsequent sales the date is erroneously given as 1787]. Sold Sotheby’s, London, December 13, 1972, no. 125, to Loren for £180 [annotated sale catalogue Ryerson Library, Art Institute of Chicago]. Sold Philips, London, March 12, 1973, no. 34 to John Estabrook [see John Estabrook’s notes in curatorial file, indicating that he was also an unsuccessful bidder for the picture at the 1971 auction]; John Estabrook, Chicago, from 1973 (died 1984); his widow Dorothy Estabrook (died 1986); bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1987.
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