Tue, 27th Apr 2021 10:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Untiring)

Lot 182


THOMAS HUDSON (BRITISH, 1701-1779) ; Portrait of Catherine [‘Kitty’] Jervis, circa 1755

Sold for £26,040
Estimated at £4,000 - £6,000

(Please note the sold price includes buyer's premium at 24%)

Condition report

Relined, very good condition, will benefit from a clean.

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Portrait of Catherine [‘Kitty’] Jervis, circa 1755

Oil on canvas

49 x 39in. (124.5 x 99cm.) in a contemporary carved giltwood frame

Provenance: John Jervis, The Earl St. Vincent (1735-1833), Meaford Hall (removed 1943 when Hall sold), and thence by descent; Exhibited City Museum and Art Gallery Birmingham: Exhibition of Treasures from Midland Homes 1938

Catherine ‘Kitty’ Jervis (1733-1756) was born in Stone, Staffordshire, the sister of Admiral John Jervis (1734-1823). Catherine married Jeremiah Smith of Great Fenton in Stoke, and died during childbirth in 1756. This picture is nearly identical to one of Lady Oxenden in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia, where the sitter can be seen using the same clothing and props. According to their www site, this picture has recently been re-assessed as a work by Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797) which would have made sitter and artist approximately the same age at 20 years.

Auction: Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Untiring), Tue, 27th Apr 2021

Mercantile (Sail) 1-123

Mercantile (Steam) 124-166

Naval (Sail) 170-252

Naval (Steam) 255-339

Navigational & Scientific Instruments 340-395




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