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Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.

Portrait of Mrs. Hart Davis, half length, in a white gown with a gold sash and a black velvet hat

The Collection of Jay I. Kislak: Sold to Benefit the Kislak Family Foundation

Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.

Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.

Portrait of Mrs. Hart Davis, half length, in a white gown with a gold sash and a black velvet hat

Portrait of Mrs. Hart Davis, half length, in a white gown with a gold sash and a black velvet hat

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The Collection of Jay I. Kislak: Sold to Benefit the Kislak Family Foundation

Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.

Bristol 1769 - 1830 London

Portrait of Mrs. Hart Davis, half length, in a white gown with a gold sash and a black velvet hat


oil on canvas

canvas: 30 by 25 in.; 76.2 by 63.5 cm.

framed: 39¼ by 34 in.; 99.7 by 86.4 cm. 

The canvas has been relined and is stable. The paint surface remains well-preserved under a varnish which has yellowed and dulled slightly. The colors remain deep and vibrant and brushwork lively. Ultraviolet light reveals an uneven varnish and some old restorations throughout, particularly in the hat and background, and some in the face and neck as well. There is evidence of an old tear or scratch which has been restored in the center of her bodice, though the flourescing line of restoration is thin and clean. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.



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Reverend R.H. Hart-Davis, by 1833;
By whom sold, London, Christie's, 14 July 1922, lot 25;
John Levy, New York, 1925;
A.H. Houghton, New York;
Mrs. Harvey Breit, New York, 1955;
Sale, New York, Sotheby's, 17 October 1997, lot 70;
Private collection;
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 28 January 1999, lot 292;
There acquired by the present collector. 
R. Sutherland Gower, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Paris and New York 1900, p. 123;
W. Armstrong, Lawrence, London 1913, p. 126;
K. Garlick, "A Catalogue of the paintings, Drawings and Pastels of Sir Thomas LAwrence," The Walpole Society, vol. xxxix, 1964, p. 66;
K. Garlick, Sir Thomas Lawrence, a complete catalogue of the oil paintings, London 1989, p. 206, cat. no. 393, reproduced. 
London, British Insitution, 1833, no. 1;
Columbus, Ohio, The Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Sir Thomas Lawrence as Painter and Collector, 7 October - 13 November 1955, no. 15. 
Charlotte Hart Davis was the daughter of Major-General Thomas Dundas of Fingask, Stirling.  She married Hart Hart Davis, who sat to Lawrence twice himself, in 1809 and 1813; his second portrait was also exhibited at the British Institution in 1833.  The present portrait dates to after 1820.