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Mid 18th
Century English School Antique Oil Portrait Painting For Sale – Inscribed Mary
Pitt – Attrib to George Dowdney (Flourished 1730-50) – Mary Pitt Was The
Youngest Sister to William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

 A charming
18th Century English School portrait of a lady attributed to George Dowdney
(flourished 1730-50).

Dowdney is
a relatively obscure artist albeit he is recorded as being reponsible for the
restoration of the majority of the painting colection at the country estate of
Kingston Lacy, Dorset, the former home of the Bankes family (the property is
now owned by The National Trust). Two paintings by the artist still hang in the
property, John Bankes the Younger, MP (1692–1772), inscribed and dated
1733 verso and Henry Bankes the Elder, MP (1698–1776), dated 1734 verso.

portrait is inscribed Mary Pitt to the top right corner believed to be the
youngest sister to William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham.

Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham
PC (15 November 1708 – 11 May 1778) was a British statesman of the
Whig group who led the government of Great Britain twice in the middle of the
18th century. Historians call him Pitt or Chatham, or William Pitt the Elder
to distinguish from his son, William Pitt the Younger, who also was a prime
minister. Pitt was also known as The Great Commoner, because of his
long-standing refusal to accept a title until 1766.

Mary is
recorded as passing away, unmarried on 7th December 1787.

charming portrait is presented in its original gilt frame.

Condition – surface wear to the paint surface
commensurate with age – UV light reveals possible over-painting specifically in the hairline (see last but one image and to the torso).  

30″ x 25″ excluding frame / 37″ x 32″ with frame


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