Sat, Jun 25, 2016 10:00AM EDT - Mon, Jun 27, 2016 10:00AM EDT
Attributed to Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755-1828)
American, late 18th century. Oil on canvas, framed. Portrait of a British General officer, inscribed Stuart pinx on reverse of canvas, with remnants of early 20th century label along top of stretcher, and another 20th century label with inscription LONS E. T. Hanley / Gilbert Stuart / MRRT/ 26/5/34 on verso; 29.5 X 24.5 in. (sight).
The label bearing the inscription relates to Dr. Edward and Tullah Hanley. T. Edward Hanley (1893-1963) was a Pennsylvania businessman who eventually gave his literature and fine art collections to various institutions. Another known Stuart portrait of John Adams (1806) was gifted to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco by Hanley.
The work appears to be in its original carved and gilt frame, on its original stretcher, and has not been relined. An additional long, horizontal paper label affixed to the stretcher is only partial, but has the appearance of an exhibition label and a few words can be made out relating to Stuart. The subject remains unidentified.
Provenance: The Howard and Emma Booher Collection, Formerly of Washington, D.C.
Auctioneer's Note: The painting was relined.
A few dashes in-painting along perimeter of figure, very small spots on face and around figure as well, craquelure. Some of the restoration, in the black background, is visible without a black light.