Nathaniel Dance R.A. (London 1735-1811 Winchester) Portrait of Mrs Paterson
Nathaniel Dance R.A. (London 1735-1811 Winchester) Portrait of Mrs Paterson

Nathaniel Dance R.A. (London 1735-1811 Winchester) Portrait of Mrs Paterson

c. 1770 England

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Portrait of Mrs Paterson, three-quarter length, standing in a landscape, wearing a pink silk dress with green sash, leaning against a stone plinth.

Nathaniel Dance, R.A. (London 1735-1811 Winchester) was the son of an architect George dance the Elder and became a pupil of Francis Hayman from c.1749. He went to Rome in 1754 where he collaborated with Pompeo Batoni, and remained there until 1765, painting historic paintings as well as portraits. In Rome he became an admirer of the artist Angelica Kauffmann but their relationship did not flourish once they both returned to London. He had good patronage back in London, showing portraits of the King and Queen at the first RA in 1769 and some of his other sitters included Captain James Cook and David Garrick. He inherited a fortune in the 1770's and gave up portrait painting altogether in 1782, becoming an MP in Sussex. In 1800 he adopted the surname Holland after one of his wife's relatives and later that year was created a Baronet.
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Mrs Nora Prince-Littler and Prince Littler, C.B.E. (1901-1973), Chestham Park, Henfield, Sussex;
By whom sold, Christie's Chestham Park House Sale, 18-19 April 1977, lot 431 (as Joseph Wright of Derby);
With Agnews, London, by 1978 (as Tilly Kettle)
London, Agnews, 'Three Centuries of British Paintings, March-April 1978 (as Tilly Kettle)
Dimensions
Height 127.50 cm (50.20 inches)
Width 103.00 cm (40.55 inches)
Stock Code
87
Medium
Oil on canvas
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