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SIR JOHN HOPPNER R.A. (British, 1758-1810) “PORTRAIT OF LADY CHARLOTTE PERCY, COUNTESS OF ASHBURNHAM”. Large oil on canvas portrait of an elegant young woman seated in front of an outlooking alcove with landscape view. A large red drape hangs on the right and she holds a sheer lace shawl which is wrapped around her and rests in her lap. In 1795 Lady Charlotte Percy was second wife to George Ashburnham, 3rd Earl of Ashburnham and daughter of the First Earl of Beverly. They had 13 children together. Housed in a period carved wood and gilt frame with gilt artist and sitter plaque. Two labels from Newhouse Galleries, New York are attached to back to the cardboard backing with title and artist and inventory number #15404. His portrait is described in “Dames of High Degree” by Thomson Willing as “Her portrait by Hoppner, done in his best period, was painted in 1794, and has become one of this painter’s most famous works. It was engraved by Charles Wilkin and was issued in the series of plates entitled, ” A Select Series of Ladies of Rank and Fashion.” The painter had the reputation of investing his sitters with an ideal grace and beauty without losing likeness or character. He had a plausible brush, yet his art was not akin to the emasculated style of thirty years later. In none of his subjects were elements of his style so marked as in Lady Charlotte. In her was graciousness allied with high-bred dignity;and this was the most marked characteristic of his manner”. SIZE: 50-1/4″ x 40″. PROVENANCE: Newhouse Galleries, New York (photographed on page #354, May 1954 Antiques Magazine and page #6, January 1957 Antiques Magazine); a prominent New Jersey home. CONDITION: Relined on new stretcher (stretcher marked “Produce of England”, minor inpainting, light craquelure. Very good. 9-98283 (15,000-20,000)

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Auction: Fine Art, Antiques & Asian - Winter 2010