18th century English school oil on canvas half length portrait of a woman, formerly attributed to William Hogarth (British, 1697-1764) and titled "Portrait of Mrs. Hogarth." Depicts a young dark haired woman seated and attired in a fine burgundy dress with lace fichu, cap, and bell sleeves, wearing a taupe silk wrap and set against a plain dark backdrop. Old paper museum labels for The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota en verso of stretcher and frame. Housed in an ornate period gilt carved and gesso Louis XVI style frame. Placard fixed to lower inner edge of frame reads "Wm Hogarth – Portrait of Mrs. Hogarth." Sight – 30" H x 24 5/8" W. Framed – 43 1/2" H x 38 1/2" W. Note: According to 2016 correspondence between the consignor and an archivist at the Walker Art Center, as early as 1907 this painting was originally part of the personal art collection of lumber baron T. B. Walker, whose collection formed the basis of what is now the Walker Art Center. It was illustrated in a 1927 catalogue as a circa 1730 portrait of Mrs. Hogarth by William Hogarth, but deaccessioned sometime after 1951, when museum officials changed the artist attribution to "English School, 18th century." CONDITION: Painting with overall light craquelure to canvas with areas of exfoliation to bow and right arm of the subject. Some inpainting noted to upper left corner with scattered wear and minor losses to perimeter. UV light indicates possible inpaint to exposed chest skin area. Frame with overall scattered wear, craquelure, and multiple losses, particularly to carved center and corner ornaments.
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