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Sir Walter Calverley Blackett, 2nd Bt (1707 – 1777)

Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA (Plympton 1723 - London 1792)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1760 - 1762

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

2362 x 1448 mm (93 x 57 in)

Place of origin

England

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Collection

Wallington, Northumberland

NT 584335

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Sir Walter Calverley Blackett, 2nd Bt (1707 – 1777) by Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA (Plympton 1723 - London 1792), 1760/62. A full-length portrait of a man standing in a landscape, wearing a brown suit, white hose and stock, black hat and powdered hair; a dog (pointer), left; a tree right.

Provenance

Probably the picture for which – bizarrely – (apart from one isolated sitting by Sir Walter on 20th October) the dog first sat, in October and November 1759 (but it may be that Reynolds had been able to begin on Sir Walter on the basis of the – lost – first portrait that he painted of him, which was “sent home” on 16 June 1759), followed by Sir Walter in 1760, and which must have been one of the three pictures for which Reynolds received £173 some time in 1762. Bequeathed by Sir Walter, with Wallington itself, to Sir John Trevelyan, 4th Bt (1734-1828); thence by descent to Sir Charles Trevelyan, 3rd Bt of the 2nd creation (1870-1958), who bequeathed it to the National Trust with Wallington, its estates, and most of its major contents

Credit line

Wallington, The Trevelyan Collection (National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions

Back of frame top right corner: Green square label - printed in black ink is the letter P Back of frame half way down right hand side: White square paper printed in red ink the number 6 Back of frame: rectangle paper - printed and written in black ink Initials - G.B NATIONAL PORTRAIT EXHIBITION 1867. Number on list.....1..... Portrait of...Sir W Calverley Blackett..... Name and address of owner } Sir W C Trevelyan. Bart Wallington. Morpeth N.B - This label to be affixed to the back of the frame (not the canvas) of the portrait Back of frame: Written/ printed in black ink. N.B - This label to be affixed to the back of the frame (not the canvas) of the picture ROYAL ACADEMY EXHIBITION OF THE WORKS OF THE OLD MASTERS 1880 Name of Artist....Sir Joshua Reynolds title of work...Portrait of Sir Walter Blackett Bt (Please correct if not properly given) Name and Address of proprietor } Sir Charles Trevelyan Bart WCB - Wallington Cambo Northumberland) Back of frame: old paper label torn in places. Written and printed in black ink N.B - This label to be affixed to the back of the frame (not the canvas) of the picture ROYAL ACADEMY EXHIBITION OF THE WORKS OF THE OLD MASTERS 1880 Name of Artist....Sir Joshua Reynolds title of work...Portrait of Sir Walter Blackett Bt (Please correct if not properly given) Name and Address of proprietor } Sir Charles Trevelyan Bart WCB - Wallington Cambo Northumberland)

Makers and roles

Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA (Plympton 1723 - London 1792), artist

References

Graves and Cronin 1899-1901 Algernon Graves and W.V.Cronin, A History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, 4 vols, London 1899-1901, I, p.86 Armstrong 1900 Sir Walter Armstrong, Sir Joshua Reynolds, First President of the Royal Academy, 1900, p.194 Waterhouse 1941 Ellis K. Waterhouse, Reynolds, London, 1941, p.47 Mannings 2000: David Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds: A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings. The Subject Pictures catalogued by Martin Postle, New Haven & London 2000, cat.179, p.90 & fig.474

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