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Henrietta Edgcumbe

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1759, painted probably for Richard Edgcumbe (b. 1716 - d. 1761), 2nd Baron Edgcumbe, London [see note 1]; by descent to his daughter, Henrietta Edgcumbe de Prades Lavalette (b. 1752 - d. 1827), London and Calais, France; by descent within the family. General de Witte, Paris [see note 2]. By 1899, Charles J. Wertheimer (d. 1911), London [see note 3]. Ernest Gimpel (b. 1858 - d. 1907), Gimpel and Wildenstein, Paris and New York [see note 4]. 1913, T. J. Blakeslee Galleries, New York; 1913, sold by Blakeslee to Mrs. Robert Dawson Evans (Maria Antoinette Hunt) (b. 1845 - d. 1917), Boston; 1917, bequest of Mrs. Robert Dawson Evans to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 1, 1917) NOTES: [1] Henrietta Edgcumbe, who married Charles de Prades Lavalette in 1770, was the daughter of Richard Edgcumbe and Ann Franks Day. Reynolds recorded an appointment with "Mrs Day" (Ann Franks Day) and "Miss" (Henrietta Edgcumbe) in January 1759; see Alan Taylor, "Ann Day and Henrietta Edgcumbe," Reynolds Newsletter 25 (Spring 2012), pp. 300-301. [2] According to notes in the curatorial file. [3] In Algernon Graves and William Vine Cronin, "A History of the Works of Joshua Reynolds," vol. 1 (London, 1899), p. 277, Charles John Wertheimer is said to be "the present owner." [4] A note in the curatorial file states: "René Gimpel says this portrait was sold by his father, E. Gimpel of Gimpel and Wildenstein." No date is provided.

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Robert Dawson Evans Collection



76.5 x 63.5 cm (30 1/8 x 25 in.)

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Oil on canvas