Lot 65: att. Benjamin Wilson (English, 1721-1788), Portrait of a Man with a Dog
December 2, 2016
Hillsborough, NC, USALive Auction
oil on canvas (lined), unsigned, presented in an antique period gilt composition frame with gallery plaque.
SS 35 x 27.25 in.; DOA 43.25 x 35 in.
This full length portrait of a man and his dog depicted on a country walk is a typical convention of 18th century English portraiture and relates to a similar work by Wilson in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Wilson was an English painter, printmaker and scientist. Upon moving to London, he was encouraged by William Hogarth to study painting. His portrait work garnered the favors of several gentlemen and Wilson was appointed as Painter to the Board of Ordnance in 1773.
Retaining a late 19th century label on the verso from Thomas Agnew & Sons, London
From the Estate of Mrs. Camilla Hammond Smith Strange of Annandale Farm, Gordonsville, VA and Warrenton, VA Born in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Strange was a proud member of the Society of the Lees of Virginia. Like her mother and grandmother, she had a great knowledge and appreciation of antiques and enjoyed decorating with them throughout her home.
Condition Report: Over-cleaned; obscuring varnish; some restoration to frame.