Provenance Research

Gainsborough Dupont (1754-1797)
England
Portrait of Constantine, 2nd Baron Mulgrave, ca. mid 1780s
Oil on paper
6 x 5 in. (15.2 x 12.7 cm)
Gift of Emilie L. Heine in memory of Mr. and Mrs. John Hauck, 1940.952

Inscribed middle right: "T. G."

Description:
A half-length portrait of the Baron of Mulgrave turned slightly to the left. A faux oval frame is painted around the sitter.

Former Attributions:
Thomas Gainsborough [1727-1788] [1]

Alternate Titles:
Portrait of Lord Mulgrave

Provenance:

By at least 1922:   (Knoedler & Co., New York, probably sold to)
     
By at least 1940-1949:   Emilie L. Heine, Cincinnati, given with life interest to [2]
     
1949-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum


Notes:
[1] The portrait was considered to be by Thomas Gainsborough when it entered the Museum. E. K. Waterhouse rejected the attribution in 1953, but the painting remained attributed to Gainsborough. John Hayes has recently reattributed it to Dupont in an unpublished manuscript of a catalogue of the British paintings in the Cincinnati Art Museum. See E. K. Waterhouse, "Preliminary Check List of Portraits by Thomas Gainsborough," The Walpole Society, vol. 33, 1953, p. 79.

[2] Emilie L. Heine, a collector with a penchant for the Barbizon school, began collecting art around 1912 and continued until the mid-1940s. The majority of the paintings were acquired for her Cincinnati home during the 1920s and 1930s, but specific dates of purchase for most are unknown. A handwritten notation in a booklet compiled by Schneider-Gabriel Galleries on Heine's collection identifies the painting came from M. Knoedler & Co. Heine gave this painting and numerous others to the CAM with life interest reserved in 1940. The Heine collection came to the CAM after her death in 1949. See Schneider-Gabriel booklet, no. 39, Heine collection file.

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