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Sir Thomas Lawrence (British, 1769-1830). Oil on canvas, framed. A half-length portrait of Lady Decies, née Charlotte Philadelphia Horsley, against a red draped background, unsigned, with loan plaque from the Columbus Museum of Art at bottom of frame; 29.5 x 24.5 (sight), 39 x 34 in. (frame).
Charlotte Philadelphia Horsley married John Beresford, 2nd Baron Decies (1774-1865), of County Waterford, Ireland, in 1810, with whom she had three children. John Beresford was the son of the Right Reverend William Beresford, Archbishop of Tuam, for whom the title of "Baron Decies", in the Peerage of Ireland, was created in 1812. Upon marrying Charlotte, John additionally assumed her last name, thus becoming John Horsley-Beresford, 2nd Baron Decies. Charlotte was the only daughter of Robert Horsley of Bolam, Northumberland, England, and died in 1852.
Previously loaned to the Columbus Museum of Art by Frederick W. Schumacher, possibly for the October-November 1950 exhibition Masterpieces of Painting: Treasures of Five Centuries.
Mr. Schumacher (1864-1957) had a strong connection with the museum, as a donor, and helped establish the institution. The museum still holds several paintings from his collection. Mr. Schumacher and his wife Maribel Hartman were a staple of Columbus' cultural scene, and lived in a large house called "Greenhouse Mansion" on Broad Street, eventually demolished in 1961.
Provenance: Inherited from Ms. Patricia Kuhla, from the Hartman family in Columbus, OH, and a descendant of Mr. Schumacher, by the current owner;
Originally purchased from Parke-Bernet in 1949 by F. W. Schumacher of Columbus, OH;
From the Ralston Galleries, New York;
Collection of J. Connell, Esq., London.