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John Eld of Seighford Hall, Stafford

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This painting emphasizes both Eld's self-confidence and his devotion to charity, an important characteristic for a gentleman of sensibility in the eighteenth century. Eld was a benefactor of the Staffordshire General Infirmary and holds plans for the new hospital. The inscription on the base of...

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Lower right, on base of the pedestal: By the Command / And at the Expence / of the Subscribers


By 1772, commissioned from the artist by the trustees of the Staffordshire General Infirmary, England [see note 1]; May 10, 1912, Christie's London sale for the benefit of the Staffordshire General Infirmary, lot 49, to M. Knoedler & Co., London for 4000 guineas; 1912, sold by Knoedler (stock no. 12859) to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 5, 1912) NOTES: [1] John Eld (b. 1704 - d. 1796) was a founder and benefactor to the Infirmary since its creation in 1765. The work was later lent to the Royal Academy by the Staffordshire Infirmary in 1910, (no. 141) and Agnew's the same year, (no. 14).

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Special Painting Fund

about 1775


Overall: 238.8 x 153 cm (94 x 60 1/4 in.) Framed: 260.4 x 174 cm (102 1/2 x 68 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas