James Northcote R.A. (Plymouth 1746-1831 London) Portrait of Dr. Thaddeus Connellan, three-quarter-length, seated with a book, before a window unframed

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Lot 27
James Northcote R.A.
(Plymouth 1746-1831 London)
Portrait of Dr. Thaddeus Connellan, three-quarter-length, seated with a book, before a window unframed

Sold for £ 4,000 (US$ 5,519) inc. premium
James Northcote R.A. (Plymouth 1746-1831 London)
Portrait of Dr. Thaddeus Connellan, three-quarter-length, seated with a book, before a window
signed and dated 'James Northcote pinxt. 1824' (upper right)
oil on canvas
127.5 x 103.2cm (50 3/16 x 40 5/8in).
unframed

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Probably, the Collection of Sir William Wellesley Knighton Bt., Blendworth Lodge, Hampshire
    His sale, Christie's, Blendworth Lodge, 21-23 May 1885 (sold by the executors of his estate), where purchased by
    John Sayers, West Tarring, Sussex, from whom acquired by
    Edmund Lamb, 1901

    Exhibited
    London, Royal Academy, 1925, no. 131
    Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland (on loan from approximately 1902- 2016)

    Literature
    Possibly, G. Waagen, Galleries and Cabinets of Art in Great Britain, London, 1857, vol. IV, pp. 373-4 (refers to a painting by Northcote)

    Thaddeus Connellan was the author of numerous books on the Irish language, including an Irish-English Dictionary which was first published in 1814 and various translations of the Bible into Irish. Very little is known about Connellan and he died at Sligo in July 1854.

    This painting once belonged to Sir William Wellesley Knighton of Blendworth Lodge, Hampshire whose sizeable collection was sold following his death in 1885. The collection is mentioned by Waagen who, though he himself did not visit the house and see the collection, knew of its existence and reported it to include between 80 to 100 paintings including Old Master and English School paintings, including works by Northcote, Gainsborough and Wilkie.
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