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Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)
Francis Greville, Earl of Warwick, ca. 1765
Oil on canvas
50 x 40 1/8 in. (127 x 101.9 cm)
Bequest of Harry S. and Eva Belle Leyman, 1943.1

Three-quarter-length portrait of Francis Greville holding in his left hand a paper inscribed "Plan of Great Dining Room Built 1765." On the table behind the figure is a paper with the address of Warwick Castle, a pince-nez, and a pair of dividers. Greville wears the ribbon and star of the Thistle Insignia, a green coat embroidered with gold braid, a claret-colored surcoat, a vest, and breeches with white lace frills.


Ca. 1765-1773:   Francis Greville, 1st Earl of Warwick [1719-1773], by descent to
    Hon. Mrs. D. H. Finch Hatton, by descent to
Until April 27, 1917:   Brigadier-General Edward Heneage Finch Hatton, sold at Hatton sale, Christie's, London, April 17, 1917, lot 126, to
By December 1923-until at least 1927:   (M. Knoedler & Co., New York and London [1])
By at least April 1931-at least 1933:   (John Levy Galleries, New York [2])
By at least 1938-1943:   Harry S. and Eva Belle Leyman, Cincinnati, given to [3]
1943-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] M. Knoedler & Co. included the painting in an exhibition of Gainsborough's landscapes and portraits, December 3 to 15, 1923, and later loaned it to T. Gainsborough, R. A. 1727-1788 Bicentenary Memorial Exhibition, Ipswich Corporation Museum, 1927, no. 41.

[2] Loaned to Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Thomas Gainsborough, R. A., CAM, May 1 to 31, 1931, no. 50, and to Loan Exhibition of English Painting of the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, June 6 to July 9, 1933, no. 14.

[3] By December 5, 1938, the painting hung at Leyman's place of business, First National Bank, Cincinnati, where it remained until 1943.

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