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image of A Scene from The Beggar's Opera William Hogarth (artist)
English, 1697 - 1764
A Scene from The Beggar's Opera, 1728/1729
oil on canvas
overall: 51.1 x 61.2 cm (20 1/8 x 24 1/8 in.) framed: 79.2 x 88.6 x 6.9 cm (31 3/16 x 34 7/8 x 2 11/16 in.)
Paul Mellon Collection
1983.1.42
Not on View
From the Tour: British and American History Paintings of the 1700s
Object 3 of 8

Provenance

Edward Cheney.[1] (Possibly--although, if so, inaccurately described as a "Garden Scene with many figures, in colours"--sale, Sotheby's, 29 April 1885 et seq., 3rd day, no. 332); bought by (P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London). Francis Capel Cure [1854-1933], Badger Hall, Essex, by 1905; by descent to his nephew, Nigel Capel Cure [b.1908], Blake Hall, Ongar, Essex, by 1965.[2] (John Baskett, Ltd., London); purchased June 1975 by Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia; gift 1983 to NGA.

[1] According to Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis and Philip Hofer, "The Beggar's Opera" by Hogarth and Blake, (Cambridge, Massachusetts, New Haven, and London, 1965), under no. 5. According to The Provenance Index, J. Paul Getty Trust, Santa Monica, California, Edward Cheney [1803-1884] is listed as the inheritor of the Badger Hall estate from his brother, R. Henry Cheney [d. 1866], and as the uncle of Col. Alfred Capel Cure. Alfred inherited Badger Hall from Cheney; the house then passed by descent to Alfred's nephew, Francis Capel Cure. The Getty lists its sources as "P[rovenance] I[ndex]: Collector's File" and Burke's Landed Gentry [edited by Sir Bernard Burke; the (London) 1898 ed. includes Captain Edward Cheney et al.].

[2] Lewis and Hofer 1965 (as per n. 1 above) list the six different versions of the composition, of which one then belonged to Nigel Capel Cure.

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