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image of Colonel Guy Johnson and Karonghyontye (Captain David Hill) Benjamin West (painter)
American, 1738 - 1820
Colonel Guy Johnson and Karonghyontye (Captain David Hill), 1776
oil on canvas
overall: 202 x 138 cm (79 1/2 x 54 5/16 in.) framed: 222.6 x 160 x 9.5 cm (87 5/8 x 63 x 3 3/4 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1940.1.10
Not on View
From the Tour: American Portraits of the Late 1700s and Early 1800s
Object 8 of 8

Provenance

Ethel Dixon-Brown [d. c. 1950], Henfield, Sussex;[1] (Sotheby's, London, 7 December 1927, no. 54, as a portrait of Sir Joseph Banks); bought by (Frank T. Sabin, London);[2] sold 27 November 1936 to (M. Knoedler & Co., New York);[3] sold 21 January 1937 to The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh; gift 1940 to NGA.

[1] "Miss E. Dixon Brown, Martyn Lodge, Henfield, Sussex" is identified as the pre-sale owner in the records of the firm of Frank T. Sabin, compiled in 1927 (letter from Sidney Sabin dated 6 June 1991, in NGA curatorial files). This is confirmed by a label on the back of the painting. The owner's name has been misread in the past as E. Dina Brown. She was the daughter of the Reverend Dixon Dixon Brown [1826-1901] and his wife Georgina Elizabeth Dixon Brown [d. 1914]; see Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, 17th ed., London, 1952: 278-279. Her death date was provided by Irene Dixon-Brown, her nephew's wife (letter of 15 July 1991, in NGA curatorial files). The earlier history of the painting is unknown.

[2] Sotheby and Co., Catalogue of Valuable Pictures by Old Masters of the Italian School; Portraits of the Dutch and English Schools; Pictures and Drawings of the English and French Schools, London, 1927: 14; annotated copy, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven.

[3] The date of the sale is recorded in a stockbook owned by Sabin Galleries, Ltd., London (letter from Sidney F. Sabin dated 6 June 1991, in NGA curatorial files). According to M. Knoedler & Co., the painting was consigned to them in October 1936 {letter from Melissa De Medeiros, Knoedler Librarian, 28 May 1991, in NGA curatorial files).

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