• Study of a Mother and Son -
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    Oil on canvas

    11.7 by 9.3 cm., 4 ½ by 3 ½ in.

     

    Provenance:

    Probably with the art dealer William Benoni White (1803-c.1878);

    John Postle Heseltine (1843-1929) by 1906, his Executor's sale, Sotheby's, 29th May 1935, lot 315 (pt), bt. Turner for £22;

    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, 15th July 1998, lot 45, bt. Agnew;

    Private Collection, Scotland, 2004;

    With Agnew's, 2008;

    Private Collection

     

    Literature:

    Elizabeth Einberg, William Hogarth – A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, 2016, p.70, no.32, ill.

     

    Exhibited:

    London, Whitechapel Gallery, Georgian England, March 1906, no.1

     

    Stylistically this sketch dates from circa 1730 and is probably a fragment of a larger, unfinished portrait. A similar small sketch `Two unknown Gentlemen in Conversation’ recorded in a private collection (Einberg, op. cit., no.31) may come from the same canvas.

     

    It has been suggested that the sitters in this sketch may be Mary Edwards and her son Gerard who were sitters in other portraits by Hogarth (op. cit., nos. 70 and 162 the former and no.66 the latter) but the likeness is not conclusive and it would date the present work to nearer 1740.

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