Lot 54: KATHERINE READ | Portrait of a woman, probably Anne Champion de Crespigny (1739-1797), bust length, within a drawn oval
- Artist Dates: Dundee 1723 - 1778 Between India and London
- Dimensions: pastel: 24 by 18 1/8 in.; 61 by 46.4 cm.
- Dimensions Alt: framed: 30 1/4 by 25 1/4 in.; 76.8 by 64.1 cm.
Catalog Note: The only confusion with regards to the identity of the sitter in this portrait is whether she represents Mrs. Philip Champion de Crespigny, née Anne Fonnereau (1704–1782) or her daughter, Anne Champion de Crespigny (1739-1797).1 Based on the technique used to make this pastel in conjunction to the costume and hairstyle the sitter has, this work was probably done in the mid 1760s. Considering that Mrs. Philip Champion de Crespigny would have been close to her sixties at the time the portrait was made, it is likely that the sitter actually represents her daughter.
We are grateful to Neil Jeffares for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present lot on the basis of images.
1. See Provenance.
- Literature: 'Les maîtres anglais (1740-1840): exposition de pastels-aquarelles et dessins,' exhibition catalogue, Paris 1919, p. 15, cat. no. 59 (as Samuel Cotes and "Portrait of Anne Crespigny").
N. Jeffares, "Katherine Read," ' Dictionary of pastellists before 1800,' London 2006, online edition [http://www.pastellists.com/articles/read.pdf], accessed/update 18-06-2018, p. 5, cat. no. J.612.171, reproduced.
- Exhibited: Paris, Galerie Barbazanges, ' Les maîtres anglais (1740-1840): exposition de pastels-aquarelles et dessins,' 19 December 1919 - 10 January 1920, no. 59 (as Samuel Cotes and "Portrait of Anne Crespigny").
- Provenance: By descent in the Crespigny family;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 6 December 1912, lot 52 (as Early English School and "Portrait of Mrs. Philip Champion de Crespigny"), for 29 Guineas, to Lyon;
Xavier Haas, Paris;
By whom sold, New York, Anderson Galleries, 20 January 1927, lot 114 (as "Portrait of Lady Ann de Crespigny");
Anonymous sale, New York, Plaza Art Galleries, 27 January 1931, lot 24 (as "Portrait of Lady Ann de Crespigny").
- Condition: Pastel on paper backed with a thin canvas support. Presents a strong and decorative image with lovely retention of detail in the face. Overall there has been some rubbing to the pigment primarily concentrated at all edges and in the background, and in the figure's lower costume and upper headpiece. Some thinner areas are visible in the upper background, as well as some faint discoloration primarily to the left of the figure's hair in the background. There are some pin dots of loss scattered at extreme edges, for example upper right and lower center. A few scattered darker accretions primarily in the background to the right and left of the figure. A few possible very faint spots of old restoration in the sitter's chest. Can be hung in its present state and offered in a carved giltwood frame.
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