National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Portrait of a Gentleman Joseph Wright (painter)
British, 1734 - 1797
Portrait of a Gentleman, c. 1770-1773
oil on canvas
overall: 128 x 102 cm (50 3/8 x 40 3/16 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1940.1.11
On View
From the Tour: British Conversation Pieces and Portraits of the 1700s
Object 5 of 6

Provenance

William Curzon [1836-1916], Lockington Hall, Derbyshire. Purchased 1916, at the dispersal of The Curzon estate, by Mrs. Claire Marion Cox, London, as Richard, Earl Howe, by Copley; consigned 1932 by Mrs. Cox to (The Hackett Galleries, New York); returned to Mrs. Cox and later consigned to (Mrs. Chambers Wood, New York), who sold it 1932 to (M. Knoedler & Co., New York);[1] purchased May 1936 by The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh; gift 1940 to NGA.

[1] Knoedler's records give the early provenance (Elizabeth Clare to William Campbell, 5 November 1963, in NGA curatorial files). Clare quotes a letter from Mrs. Cox to Mrs. Wood, undated but presumably 1932, in which she states that the 1916 dispersal "was a hurried executors' sale and few persons attended it."

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