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    Francis Cotes (British, 1726-1770)
    Portrait of Alice, Countess of Shipbrook
    Oil on canvas
    50 x 40 inches (127 x 101.6 cm)

    By descent to Charles Edmund Dashwood (1857-1935);
    By whom sold ("The Dashwood Heirlooms," removed from Wherstead Park, Ipswich), London, Christie's, June 26, 1914, lot 95,
    Gooden & Fox, London, acquired from the above;
    Benjamin de Casseres, London;
    William Goadby Loew, New York;
    His deceased (anonymous) sale, New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, April 27, 1956, lot 317;
    P. Bader, acquired from the above;
    Joseph A. Patrick, circa 1960;
    Estate of the above, Sotheby's, New York, June 9, 2011, lot 110;
    Private collection, Fort Worth, Texas, acquired from the above.

    According to an old label preserved on the reverse of the painting, Alice, Countess of Shipbrook, was daughter and co-heiress of Samuel Ibbetson of Denton Park, Yorkshire. She married the English politician Francis Vernon (1715-1783), Esq., of Bacton, Suffolk, who was created Earl of Shipbrook in 1777. A pastel of their son, Francis (1752-1760), by Cotes, is in the Frick Collection, New York. A half-length version of the present portrait, within a painted oval, was sold at Christie's, London, July 16, 1998, lot 11. The sitter was also painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds in 1755 when Mrs. Vernon.

    This portrait once belonged to William Goadby Loew (1876-1955), a prominent New York stockbroker and society figure. He and his wife, Mrs. Florence Baker Loew, built one of the last (1932) and most elegant mansions in the Carnegie Hall neighborhood of New York at 56 East 93rd Street (now part of the Spence School). Upon Mr. Loew's death in 1955 this portrait, which hung in his New York residence, was sold at auction (see provenance).

    Condition Report*: Glue-lined canvas. Slightly slack in frame. Paint film is in good condition. UV examination reveals a modest amount of restoration, with most of the inpaint fluorescing in the upper right quadrant of the composition. Specifically, there is inpaint to address frame abrasion along top ans right side; two spots of inpaint in sky in upper right quadrant measuring 5" x 7" at the widest (this seems to address a hole or tear and can be seen under natural light); strengthening to sitter's cheek and incidental small areas of inpaint in her robe and dress. There is a small vertical line of stray pigment approx. 2in in length in the sitter's bodice.   Framed Dimensions 60 X 50 X 2.5 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    8th Friday
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