A11: Catherine Cussans
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|Additional titles||Catherine Holburne
Mrs Thomas Cussans
|Object type||In category: Pictures » Painting|
By Hoppner, John (British painter, 1758-1810) (known) - Painter(s)
Cussans, Catherine (1753-1834), nee Holburne Catherine - Sitter(s)
|Place of origin||Europe » Northern Europe » British Isles » Great Britain » Great Britain|
119.4 cm height sight size
97.8 cm width sight size
|Materials & techniques||
Pictures: Medium » Paint » Oil paint
Pictures: Support » Canvas
A lady seated three-quarter length on rocks in a wood. Her right elbow leans on skirts spread over rock, left arm down by her side; face turned half-profile to right. Dressed in simple high-waisted gown with narrow blue sash. Powdered hair tied with broad white bandeau, curled at front with long curls hanging down. Background of birches; mountainous landscape visible through trees to right. In a large carved and gilded frame.
|Marks and inscriptions||
This portrait was sold at the sale of Mrs Cussans' effects by Christie's in 1835 when it was described as 'Hoppner – A portrait of a lady, seated, in a landscape'
The catalogue entry is annotated in pencil '4.10-0', implying that it was purchased for £4 10 shillings, presumably by Holburne himself (AR134).
The portrait is not listed either in the 1867 printed catalogue of the Holburne Collection, or the 1874 inventory of 10 Cavendish Crescent (AR153) and is not recorded in the collection until Chaffers' catalogue of 1887. This may be because it belonged to Holburne's sisters.
In 1906, when the Holburne paintings were re-assessed and re-hung by Hugh Blaker and Horace Buttery, this was considered to be one of the best paintings in the collection by far. Buttery described it as 'A beautiful picture – not one as fine in the N[ational] G[allery]'.
The Holburne of Menstrie Museum Catalogue: Part I: Pictures, Bath, 1936, no. 41, p. 17, ill. pl. 14, frontispiece
|Muse theme||The Art of Collecting
The History of the Holburne Collection » Sir William Holburne and his Collection » The Founder: Sir William Holburne of Menstrie (1793-1874)
The History of the Holburne Collection » Sir William Holburne and his Collection » Building the Collection
Oil paintings in the Holburne Museum
|Method of acquisition||Bequest|
Presumably commissioned by the sitter; from whose estate sold Christie's 9 March 1835, lot 21, presumably purchased by Sir William Holburne (1793-1874); by whom bequeathed to Mary Anne Barbara Holburne (1802-1882); by whom bequeathed to the Museum