Gilbert Stuart and Studio, American, active in England, 1755 - 1828, "Portrait of Thomas Taylour, 1st Earl of Bective (1724-1795), Wearing the Star and Sash of the Order of St. Patrick", 1790/91, oil on canvas. NOTE: Ex-
Sotheby's, 24 Sep 2013 London Lot 268
Illustrated on page 142 of the catalog, bought in
50x40, framed 56.5x46.5
Litchfield Auctions is honored to offer Selections from the Collection of Peter Tillou. Peter has enjoyed wide renown across the United States and Internationally over his seventy-year career as the consummate dealer-collector. While in college in 1956, Peter was already advertising a pair of fine antique flintlock pistols. By 1960, now a resident of historic Litchfield Connecticut, he was cited by the New York Times as a dealer in "great rarities." With later residences and shops in London, Manhattan, Sun Valley Idaho, and Sanibel Island Florida, Peter continued to consider Litchfield his home. By 2013, Peter was recognized by the Antiques Dealers of America with its highest honor, its Award of Merit,"in recognition of his extensive contributions to the fields of fine art, American decorative arts and antiques." More recently, a cover story in The Antiques and the Arts Weekly traced "the arc of Tillou’s long career"
professionally relined, in fine estate condition, ready to hang. Sotheby's noted "The picture and lighter in tone and fresher in colour than the catalogue illustration would suggest. The paint surface is in good overall condition bar some very minor frame abrasion visible at the right hand canvas edge and there are some addtional very minor old retouched flecks of paint loss in the lower left. There is a mottled varnish and surface dirt overall. Under a raking light there is evidence of an old restored vertical tear in the background centre left measuring approx. 4 in. There is also an uneven craquelure. Examination under ultraviolet confirms the presence of the varnish and reveals some old minor scattered retouchings in the background including those aforementioned retouchings to the tear. Overall the picture is in good country house condition."
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