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    John Simpson (British, 1782-1847) After Sir Thomas Lawrence
    Portrait of Pope Pius VII
    Oil on panel
    45-1/2 x 32 inches (115.6 x 81.3 cm)

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF CLINT STIFF, DALLAS

    PROVENANCE:
    Christie's, London, June 18, 1831, lot 137;
    Clarkson Stanfield, RA, Hampstead, possibly acquired from the above;
    Martin Colnaghi, London, acquired from the above;
    Sale: Robinson & Fisher, London, November 19, 1908, lot 111;
    Eugéne Kraemer, Paris;
    Sale: Trianon Palace, Paris, March 14, 1962, 50 bis;
    With Parisian art market;
    Acquired from the above by the current owner.

    LITERATURE:
    K. Garlick, Sir Thomas Lawrence: A Complete Catalogue of the Oil Paintings, Oxford, 1989, discussed under cat. no. 650, p. 253.

    The painting is recorded in Kenneth Garlick's catalogue raisonné of Thomas Lawrence as a reduced-scale studio copy after Lawrence's painting of Pius VII (1819, Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, Windsor Castle) by Lawrence's close follower and studio assistant John Simpson.


    Condition Report*: There appears to be light craquelure throughout as well as surface grime with accretions; a few scattered abrasions and three small cracks in prepared mahogany panel, two in upper right of chair; a faint surface scratch at right top edge; under UV exam, there appears to be scattered small spots of inpainting, most notably three in top of chair; in figure, there appears to be a tiny dot of inpainting to the right of figure's nose and another in chin. Framed Dimensions 55.75 X 42 Inches
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    December, 2015
    9th Wednesday
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