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Painted for the sitter's husband, Sir George Amyand Cornwall, 2nd Bt. [1748-1819], Moccas Court, Herefordshire; by descent to his grandson, the Reverend Sir George Cornewall, 5th Bt.[1] (Arthur J. Sulley & Co., London); purchased 28 August 1909 by Peter A.B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park; gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History

1883
Works by the Old Masters, and by Deceased Masters of the British School. Winter Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1883, no. 218.

Bibliography

1865
Leslie, Charles Robert and Tom Taylor. Life and Times of Sir Joshua Reynolds. London, 1865: 2:281, 287, 297, 312.
1899
Graves, Algernon and William Vine Cronin. A History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds. 4 vols. London, 1899-1901: 1:194.
1900
Armstrong, Sir Walter. Sir Joshua Reynolds. London, 1900: 200.
1915
Roberts, William. Pictures in the Collection of P.A.B. Widener at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania: British and Modern French Schools, Philadelphia, 1915: unpaginated, repro.
1923
_Paintings in the Collection of Joseph Widener at Lynnewood Hall. Intro. by Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1923: unpaginated, repro.
1931
_Paintings in the Collection of Joseph Widener at Lynnewood Hall. Intro. by Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1931: 24, repro.
1941
Waterhouse, Sir Ellis. Reynolds. London, 1941: 77, pl. 255.
1942
_Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 6.
1948
_Paintings and Sculpture from the Widener Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1948 (reprinted 1959): 83, repro.
1965
_Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 114.
1968
_European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 101, repro.
1975
_European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 304, repro.
1975
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1975: no. 507, color repro.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 361, no. 505, color repro.
1985
_European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 349, repro.
1987
Simon, Robin. The Portrait in Britain and America. Oxford, 1987: 66, pl. 47.
1992
Hayes, John. British Paintings of the Sixteenth through Nineteenth Centuries. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1992: 222-224, repro. 223.

Technical Summary

The fine canvas is tightly plain woven; it has been lined. The ground appears to be white but is possibly covered by a dark, nearly black, imprimatura. The painting is executed in rich, fluid layers with extensive broadly applied glazes and impasto in the lights. Extensive traction crackle in the darks suggests the presence of bitumen. There are scattered discolored retouchings throughout the painting. The thick natural resin varnish has discolored yellow to a significant degree.

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