Catalogue of the Petworth Collection of Pictures in the Possession of Lord Leconfield. By C[harles] H[enry] Collins Baker
by (LECONFIELD, Charles Henry Wyndham, 3rd Baron)
Collotype frontis., 96 collotype reproductions (some plates with multiple images). xiii, 146 pp. Large & thick 4to, attractive antique half vellum & green cloth boards (by Bernard Middleton), black morocco lettering-piece on spine. London: [Printed by the Chiswick Press for] The Medici Society, 1920. One of 250 numbered copies of this privately printed catalogue listing c. 650 pictures, the bulk of which was purchased by Algernon Percy, 10th Earl of Northumberland (1602-68), one of the greatest collectors during the Civil War and Restoration periods. His descendant, George Wyndham, 3rd Earl Egremont (1751-1837), continued this legacy of collecting at Petworth House, which he opened to artists and sculptors as a residence. He is best known for his patronage of Joseph Mallord William Turner. Egremont gave him the freedom and conditions to pursue his own desires, forming one of "the most attractive stories of patronage in the 19th century."-Stourton and Sebag-Montefiore, The British as Art Collectors, pp. 69-71. Turner's studio and much of the collection still remains at Petworth House in Sussex. Compiled by Baker (1880-1959), an important art historian, the catalogue was assembled during the lifetime of the 3rd Baron Leconfield (1872-1952), an officer in the army and wealthy land-owner. In 1927, Leconfield sold a number of celebrated pictures to Duveen, among them Frans Hals's Portrait of Claes Duyst van Vorhout and Holbein's Portrait of Derick Berck, which are now both at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Very good copy, with original wrappers bound in at end. (Inventory #: 6065)
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