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    PROPERTY FROM THE WICHITA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

    SAMUEL DRUMMOND (British, 1765-1844)
    Portrait of Miss Smythson, Actress of Drury Lane
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 25 inches (76.2 x 63.5 cm)

    PROVENANCE:
    Purchased from Mr. Smythson, a descendent of the sitter, in 1912 (label verso).

    EXHIBITED:
    Fifty-First Royal Academy Exhibition, London, 1819, no. 457: "Portrait of Miss Smithson, of Drury-Lane Theatre, S. Drummond A[ssociate member]." (label verso)

    LITERATURE:
    The Exhibition of the Royal Academy, M.DCCCXIX, The Fifty-First, London, B. McMillan, 1819, p. 24, cat. no. 24;
    Algernon Graves, The Royal Academy of Arts. A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and their work from its foundation in 1769 to 1904, London, Henry Graves and George Bell, 1905, p. 375.

    Interestingly, Samuel Drummond's daughter, Rose Emma Drummond, also exhibited a portrait of the same actress in the 1819 Royal Academy exhibition. Her portrait (cat. no. 591) was titled "Portrait of Miss Smithson, as the Innkeeper's Daughter."




    Condition Report*: Original canvas with masking varnish and overall craquelure, commensurate with age; slight canvas buckling in lower right corner; three small paint chips, in left corner and along bottom edge; two scratches in lower right corner, one 2" long with an accompanying tiny puncture; areas of fading or discoloration along right edge, in upper left corner, along left edge, to the left of sitter's waist, above her hand, and to the right of her hat; otherwise good condition; frame dimensions:  35.5 x 30".
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2010
    27th Thursday
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