Provenance Research

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)
Sir John Durbin, ca. early 1760s
Oil on canvas
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. James Morgan Hutton, 1964.179

Half-length portrait of Sir John Durbin wearing a white coat trimmed with gold braid, a purple vest, and a bobbin lace cravat. He turns to his left but looks at the viewer. He holds a three-corner hat underneath his arm.



    Sir John Durbin [1734-1814], Walton Manor House, near Clevedon, Somerset, by descent to
Until March 6, 1911:   Elizabeth Ann Durbin, Harston, Cambridgeshire, given to [1]
March 6, 1911-July 9, 1926:   Charles Scott Durbin, sold in Anonymous sale [Durbin], Christie's, London, July 9, 1926, lot 49, to
July 9, 1926-?:   (Leger Galleries, London)
By 1933:   (Ehrich Galleries, New York [2])
?-1964:   Mrs. James Morgan Hutton, Cincinnati, given to
1964-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] A label on the back of the painting documents this transaction: "This picture is given to my cousin / Charles Scott Durbin / March 6th 1911 by me / Elizabeth Ann Durbin / Harston (Cambridgeshire)." Another label on the back suggests that the painting may have been owned by another individual at one time: "with care perishable / Lent Durbin Spark / c/o Mrs. H Saundum Spark / Summerland Avenue / Minehead / Somerset." It is unclear when either of these figures held the painting in his or her possession.

[2] According to Ellis Waterhouse, Gainsborough, London: E. Hulton, 1958, p. 65.

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