Attributed to Thomas Hudson (United Kingdom, 1701-1779)
Portrait of Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke (1690-1764)
Unsigned, subject identified on a c. 1932 label affixed to the back of the frame, the artist misattributed as Sir Godfrey Kneller (England/Germany, 1646-1723) on that label.
Oil on canvas, the subject in his official robes, seated and holding a letter, his crest-emblazoned satchel on a table behind him 50 x 39 in., in an elaborate gilt-gesso frame.
Condition: Relined, restretched, inpainting in spots, small areas, and lines.
Provenance: Descended in the family of the sitter to Susan Amelia Yorke, daughter of the Venerable and Honorable Henry Reginald Yorke, Archdeacon and Canon of Ely and brother of the 4th Earl of Hardwicke; Auction, Phillips, Son, and Neale, 1932; Private Collection; Donated to a Private Maryland Institution, 1950.
Note: Correspondence between curators and administrators in the United States and the United Kingdom in the early 1980s corrects the early 20th century misattribution of the painting from Kneller to Hudson.
A Private Maryland Institution
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