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Portrait of a Man, probably William Currie MP (1756-1829)

Nathaniel Dance-Holland

Portrait of a Man, probably William Currie MP (1756-1829)


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ArtistNathaniel Dance-Holland (1735-1811)
TitlePortrait of a Man, probably William Currie MP (1756-1829)
Datec.1795
MediumOil on canvas
Provenance[Presumably collection of Bertram Wodehouse Currie (1827-1896) of Minley Manor, Hampshire; by descent to his son, Laurence Currie (1867-1934) of Minley Manor; by descent to his son] Captain Bertram Francis George Currie (1899-1959) of Dingley Hall, Market Harborough; by whom sold though Christie's, London, on 27 March 1953 (Lot 45), as 'Portrait of David Garrick'; from which sale purchased by Colnaghi, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works on 25 April 1953, as ‘Portrait of a Gentleman in blue coat & yellow vest’
ExhibitionColnaghi, London, 1953 (catalogue number 21)
Dimensionsheight: 75.00 cm, width: 62.00 cm
AcquisitionPurchased from Colnaghi's, May 1953
LocationGermany, Berlin, British Embassy
GAC number2146
 

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Nathaniel Dance-Holland

Nathaniel Dance-Holland was born in London, the son of architect George Dance the elder. He trained under Francis Hayman and, from 1854, lived in Rome, forming a partnership with Pompeo Batoni. His most prestigious commission was a portrait of Edward, Duke of York (1764) for George III. He returned to London in 1766 and established himself as a portraitist, becoming a founder member of the Royal Academy. In 1783 he married Harriet Drummer of Cranbury Park, Hampshire. He resigned from the Academy in 1790, but continued to exhibit. He was elected MP for East Grinstead, Sussex (1790-1802; 1807-11), and Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire (1802-06). In 1800 he took the name Holland and was created a baronet. He died at his Wiltshire home, aged 76.