Portrait of Mrs Thomas Wodehouse, half-length, in a white dress with gold embroidery, within a painted oval oil on canvas 76.2 x 63.5cm (30 x 25in).
PROVENANCE: A.J. Sulley His Sale, Christie's, London, 1 June 1934, lot 21 (bought by Agnew's) Sale, Christie's, London, 16 June 2005, lot 248 (where purchased by the present owner)
LITERATURE: W. Cotton, Sir Joshua Reynolds and his Works (London, 1856), p. 80 A. Graves & W.V Cronin, Sir Joshua Reynolds (London, 1899), vol. III, pp. 1063-4 Sir W. Armstrong, Reynolds (London, 1900), p. 236 D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds; A complete catalogue of his paintings (London, 2000), p. 119, no. 305a
ENGRAVED: Charles Turner, 1823 F. Hunter
The sitter, Sarah, was the only daughter of Pryse Campbell of Cawdor Castle, and sister of John, 1st Lord Cawdor. In 1782 she married Thomas Wodehouse, a barrister who was the brother of Lord Wodehouse of Kimberley Hall, Norfolk.
The present painting must date from between 1782 when Sarah became Mrs Wodehouse and 1792 when Sir Joshua Reynolds died. There is another portrait of Sarah by Reynolds recorded under her maiden name of Campbell.