Richard Morton Paye (Kent circa 1750-1821 London ?) Portrait of a sulky boy
Lot 96TP
Richard Morton Paye
(Kent circa 1750-1821 London ?)
Portrait of a sulky boy
£7,000 - 10,000
US$ 9,400 - 13,000

Lot Details
Richard Morton Paye (Kent circa 1750-1821 London ?) Portrait of a sulky boy
Richard Morton Paye (Kent circa 1750-1821 London ?)
Portrait of a sulky boy
oil on canvas
183.5 x 134cm (72 1/4 x 52 3/4in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The Collection of Sir Edward William Watkin M.P.(1819 – 1901) of Rose Hill, Cheshire
    His son, Alfred Mellor Watkin, by descent to
    Miss Worsely-Taylor, by whom offered
    Sale, Sotheby's, London, 10 November 1982, lot 46
    With the Owen Edgar Gallery, London, 1984
    With Julian Simon Fine Art, London
    Private Collection, UK

    Exhibited
    London, Royal Academy, 1785, no. 36

    Literature
    E. W. Clayton, 'Richard Morton Paye', The Connoisseur, vol. XXXVII, December 1913, p. 231, mezzotint by J. Young illustrated p. 232

    Engraved
    John Young, 1825

    The present portrait is traditionally said to depict the son of Dr. John Walcot, a patron of Richard Morton Paye. Walcot, a satirist who wrote under the pen name Peter Pindar, had previously been the patron of John Opie until a disagreement ensued that resulted in the pair parting company. The present portrait caused conflict between the artist and his new patron as, apparently, the latter was unaware of the work until it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1785. Their already fractious relationship was further aggravated when Paye drew a satirical sketch of Walcot as a bear seated at an easel.
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