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Portrait of Mrs. Henry Richmond Gale, half-length

  • Listed: January 1, 1970 12:00 am
  • Title: Portrait of Mrs. Henry Richmond Gale, half-length
  • Artist: John Hoppner, R.A.
  • Origins:
  • Format (cm): 76.2 x 63.5 cm.
  • Format (in): 30 x 25 in.
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  • Last Sale price: 40 000,00
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Portrait of Mrs. Henry Richmond Gale, half-length


John Hoppner, R.A. (London 1758-1810) Portrait of Mrs. Henry Richmond Gale, half-length oil on canvas 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)
General Henry Richmond Gale (great-grandson of sitter), Bardsea Hall, Kilverstone, Lancashire, until 1909. Edward Drummond Libbey, from 1916, by whom gifted to the Toledo Museum of Art.
H.P.K. Skipton, John Hoppner , London, 1905, pp. 40, 167. W. McKay and W. Roberts, John Hoppner , London, 1909, pp. 93-94. B.M. Godwin, Catalogue of European Paintings , Toledo, 1939, pp. 304-305. The Toledo Museum of Art, European Paintings , Toledo, 1976, p. 81, pl. 319.
(Probably) London, Royal Academy of Arts, 1787. London, Agnew’s, The Annual Exhibition on Behalf of the Artists’ General Benevolent Institution , 1907, no. 20. New York, Reinhardt Galleries, Loan exhibition of paintings of women and children by masters from the 15th to the 20th century for the benefit of the Big Sisters , 23 February-16 March 1929, no. 17. Hamilton, Ontario, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Old Masters, an exhibition of European paintings from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, from North American collections , November, 1958, no. 18. Flint, Michigan, Flint Institute of Arts, Masterpieces in the Midwest , 4 May-4 June, 1961, no. 10.
Engraved in mezzotint by T.G. Appleton, 1906.
The sitter is Sarah Gale, daughter of Rev. Roger Baldwin, D.D., rector of the Aldingham, Lancs., and Prebendary of Carlisle. In 1785, she married Major (later Lieut.-General) Henry Richmond Gale. In Skipton’s catalogue, this work is listed under 1786. We are grateful to John Wilson for confirming the attribution to Hoppner (private communication, 3 December 2013).

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