Provenance Research

Mather Brown (1761-1831)
United States (active in England)
Portrait of William Frankland, ca. 1785-90
Oil on canvas
35 3/4 x 27 3/4 in. (90.8 x 70.5 cm)
Gift of Alexander F. Anderson, 1945.48

Signed lower left: "M. BROWN"; Inscribed lower right: "WILLIAM FRANKLAND OF MUNTHAM COURT, SUSSEX. 3rd SON OF HENRY FRANKLAND, GOV: BENGAL. B. 1720/D. 1805 M. P. THIRSK. 1768-74 HIGH SHERIFF, SUSSEX 1782"

Half-length portrait of a seated male turned slightly to the right. He wears a gray wig with two rows of curls. Sitting beside a table, his arms are on the tabletop. With both hands he holds a map-measuring instrument. A map is on the table. To the right of his arm is a medal on which the name Frances Cromwell is inscribed. Behind his left shoulder is a bust of Oliver Cromwell, and a red leather-bound book with the author's name, Ramelli, visible on the cover.


19th century:   Frankland family, by descent to
    Sir Ralph Frankland-Payne-Gallwey, Bt. [1848-1916], Thirkleby Park, Thirsk, Yorkshire
By at least February 7, 1936-April 8, 1938:   A. L. Nicholson, sold at Christie's, London, April 8, 1938, lot 121, to [1]
April 8, 1938-?:   Waters [2]
Probably April 8, 1938-?:   (Gimbel Bros., New York, sold to)
?-1945:   Alexander F. Anderson, Chicago, given to
1945-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] A. L. Nicholson placed the painting in an earlier sale at Christie's-February 7, 1936, lot 46-but it failed to meet the reserve price and was returned to him. Nicholson placed the painting in the April 8, 1938, Christie's sale without a reserve price and it sold to Waters. See correspondence, October 2, 2001.

[2] Correspondence with Christie's on October 2, 2001, identifies the purchaser to have been named Waters. According to John Hayes, in his unpublished manuscript for British Painting in the CAM, the buyer of the painting was "with Gimbel Bros." Thus, Waters may have acquired the painting for Gimbel Bros.

Back to the List of Works