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Lot 0320
British School
(ca. 1800)

"Portrait of a Gentleman, Identified as Sir Wilfrid Lawson, 8th Baronet Isell, of County Cumberland (1712-1763)"

oil on canvas
unsigned, later inscription identifying sitter lower left.
Presented in an antique gesso and carved giltwood frame.
30" x 25", framed 36-1/2" x 32"

Provenance: Estate of Dr. Carroll Ball, Jackson, Mississippi.

Notes: The later inscription conflates the Lawson Baronetcy of Isell, County Cumberland, which ended with the death of the 10th Baronet without issue in 1806, and the Lawson Baronetcy of Brayton, County Cumberland, which was created in 1831 and ended with the death of the 4th Baronet without issue in 1959. Of these combined 14 Baronets, nine were with the given name of Wilfrid.


Canvas relined, faint craquelure, layer of surface dirt and minor soiling to forehead. Abrading to edges and minor accretions. Signs of several campaigns of restoration. UV light detects inpainting touch-ups to face, hair, below the inscription and around edges. Hard for UV light to completely penetrate the varnish layer. Frame with losses, nicks and abrasions.

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