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image of Captain Samuel Sharpe Pocklington with His Wife, Pleasance, and possibly His Sister, Frances George Stubbs (artist)
British, 1724 - 1806
Captain Samuel Sharpe Pocklington with His Wife, Pleasance, and possibly His Sister, Frances, 1769
oil on canvas
overall: 100.2 x 126.6 cm (39 7/16 x 49 13/16 in.) framed: 120.7 x 146.4 x 7.6 cm (47 1/2 x 57 5/8 x 3 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Charles S. Carstairs in memory of her husband, Charles Stewart Carstairs
1952.9.4
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From the Tour: British Conversation Pieces and Portraits of the 1700s
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Conservation Notes

The medium-weight canvas is plain woven; it has been lined, but the tacking margins still survive intact. The lining and nonoriginal stretcher may be over one hundred years old; fabrics were mounted on the new stretcher slightly off center, so that original paint extends slightly onto the top edge of the stretcher and about half an inch of overpainted ground appears along the bottom edge. The ground is grayish white, of moderate thickness. The painting is executed smoothly, fluidly, and fairly thickly, with low impasto. Visible to the naked eye is an old, horizontal, retouched tear about 10 cm. long extending in from the right edge slightly above the rocks. The overall craquelure was inpainted in 1984; the abrasion in the horse's rump and in the dark foliage above the horse's tail was glazed over at the same time; although the original and lining fabrics are somewhat fragile, the restoration of 1984 did not include relining. The synthetic varnish has not discolored.

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