National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of John Musters Sir Joshua Reynolds (artist)
British, 1723 - 1792
John Musters, 1777-c. 1780
oil on canvas
overall: 238.5 x 147.3 cm (93 7/8 x 58 in.) framed: 267.7 x 175.6 cm (105 3/8 x 69 1/8 in.)
Given in memory of Governor Alvan T. Fuller by The Fuller Foundation, Inc.
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From the Tour: British and American Grand Manner Portraits of the 1700s
Object 1 of 12


Painted for the sitter, John Musters [1753-1827], Colwick Hall, Nottinghamshire; probably by inheritance to his son, John Musters [1777-1849], Colwick Hall; (his estate sale, at Colwick Hall by J.M. Pott, 9-13 and 16 December 1850, 4th day [Dec. 12], no. 680, bought in); by inheritance to his grandson, John Chaworth Musters [1838-1887], Annesley Park, Colwick Hall, and Wiverton Hall. (William Lockett Agnew, London), by 1895. private collection ["a lady"]; consigned for her by (William Lockett Agnew, London) to (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 27 April 1901, no.101); (Thos. Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London); sold two days later to Charles Richard John Spencer-Churchill, 9th duke of Marlborough [1871-1934];[1] (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 14 June 1907, no. 104); bought by (Lane) for Sir W. Hutcheson Poë, Bt., Batchwood Hall, near St. Albans;[2] (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 8 July 1927, no. 58); (Thos. Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London);[3] sold the same month to Alvan T. Fuller [1878-1958], Boston; The Fuller Foundation, Boston; gift 1961 to NGA.

[1] Agnew stock books, recorded by The Getty Provenance Index, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, California. See also letter of 9 June 1988 from Martha Hepworth at The Getty Provenance Index, in NGA curatorial files.

[2] The Getty Provenance Index records Lane as the buyer for Poë.

[3] Details of the consignors and buyers at the 1901, 1907, and 1927 Christie's sales were kindly confirmed by Lynda McLeod, Librarian, Christie's Archives, in her e-mail of 1 August 2012, in NGA curatorial files.

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