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    HENRY RAEBURN (British, 1756-1823)
    Portrait of General Henry Wynyard, circa 1811-1819
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 25-1/2 inches (76.2 x 64.8 cm)

    By inheritance to William Cornwallis West (1835-1917), Newlands Manor, Lymington, Hampshire, by 1895 (partial label verso);
    With Captain Jack Spink, London, in 1923-24 (per Witt Library photo archive, Courtauld Institute, University of London);
    With Ehrich Galleries, New York, acquired from above c. 1923-24;
    Paul Rodman Mabury, Los Angeles, acquired from above 1930 (label verso);
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, bequest of Paul Rodman Mabury in 1939, acc. no. 39.12.18 (label verso);
    Sotheby Parke-Bernet, Los Angeles, An Auction of Property Deaccessioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 7, 1977, lot 98;
    Kenneth Kendall, Los Angeles, CA, acquired from the above.

    W. Armstrong, Sir Henry Raeburn, 1901, p. 114;
    J. Greig, Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A. his life and works, with a catalog of his pictures, 1911, p. 63, noting the Cornwallis West provenance;
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Paul Rodman Mabury Catalog, 1939, ill. p. 13.
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, A Catalogue of Flemish, German, Dutch and English Paintings, XV-XVIII Century, II, 1954, cat. no. 94, p. 86; plate 94 (black and white), with first name of sitter erroneously given as "Harvey" instead of "Henry":

    "Portrait of General Harvey Wynyard. In half-length, he faces the spectator, bare-headed but in uniform; neutral background."

    Grafton Gallery, "Scottish Old Masters," 1895, lent by West;
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Temporary installation of the Mabury Collection, March 1939.

    James Greig's 1911 inventory of Raeburn's paintings incorrectly lists the sitter of this handsome portrait as "Colonel Harvey Wynyard," which has been repeated throughout much of the painting's history. Documentation of early 19th-century British regiments records not a Harvey Wynyard, but rather a Henry Wynyard (1761-1839), who had a successful military career. He was made Brevet Colonel in 1796, 3rd Major in 1801, Major-General in 1802, 2nd Major in 1804, Lieutenant-General in 1808, Colonel of the 64th Foot Regiment in 1809, and General in 1819. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's label on the painting's stretcher bears a hand-written note correcting the name of the sitter. A portrait after Sir Henry Raeburn of General Henry Wynyard measuring 74 x 61 cm. is in the collection of Sizergh Castle, Cumbria, England, a National Trust property. An early owner of the present portrait by Raeburn, Colonel William Cornwallis West (1835-1917), was a British Parliamentarian and Honorary Colonel in the 4th Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers.

    Condition Report*: Re-lined and re-varnished canvas with completely stable paint film; overall craquelure, commensurate with age, and slight frame abrasion in corners.  Under UV examination:  there are no restorations on top of the varnish; however, it is difficult to interpret the amount of restoration beneath the varnish (which appears to be minimal).  There is slight fluorescing along the edges, consistent with frame abrasion, and several faintly fluorescing lines in the black cravat.  Possible restoration in the background around the sitter's head, with a very slight line along his right cheek.   Framed Dimensions 38 X 32.75 Inches
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