Catalogue of the late Lord Northwick's Extensive and Magnificent Collection of Ancient and Modern Pictures, Cabinet of miniatures and enamels, and other Choice Works of Art, and the Furniture, Plate, Wines, and Effects, at Thirlestane House, Cheltenham. Which will be sold by Auction by Mr. Phillips, at the Mansion on Tuesday, the 26th of July, 1859, and Twenty-One Subsequent Days..
by (AUCTION CATALOGUE: NORTHWICK, John Rushout, Lord)
Fine tinted lithographed frontis. of Thirlestane House. iv, 200 pp. 4to, orig. blind-embossed green cloth (corners slightly bruised), upper cover & spine stamped in gilt. London: . An uncommon catalogue of a famous sale that lasted 22 days. Northwick (1769-1859), a prodigious art collector and connoisseur, was active in the art market for over a half-century, amassing over 1400 pictures. Living on the Continent during his formative years, including a transformative period of eight years in Rome, he developed a profound knowledge of fine art. In 1800, he succeeded his father as second Baron Northwick and proceeded to devote himself entirely to collecting. "He acquired pictures of all schools, especially Italian pictures from all periods, Flemish pictures, and contemporary British paintings. His pioneering interest was in Italian pictures of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. So extensive did his collection become that he built a special picture gallery at Northwick Park in 1832, and some years later acquired Thirlestane House in Cheltenham, the guide to which in 1846 listed over 500 pictures. By 1859 the collection exceeded 1400 pictures; sculpture, bronzes, antique gems and cameos, enamels, coins, carvings, miniatures, and manuscripts also formed part of the collection. Of liberal disposition, he opened Thirlestane House to the public and it became one of the greatest attractions of Cheltenham."-ODNB. Northwick died unmarried and intestate, necessitating the auction here described. The sale raised about 95,000 pounds in a tightly contested auction in which collecting heavyweights such as William Douglas, 11th Duke of Hamilton; Walter Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch; and Baron James de Rothschild participated. His nephew and successor, George Rushout-Bowles, did however manage to buy back a considerable amount of the collection. This catalogue, with buyers and prices mostly listed in a contemporary hand, presents 1894 artworks in the first section and then 619 lots of "furniture, plate, wines, and effects." Fine copy, frontispiece slightly foxed. Occasional pencil annotations in a modern hand.
(Inventory #: 6046)
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