Arthur Cuthbert

Of Berners St, London, 
and Woodcote (Woodcott) Hall, Epsom, Surrey
1734?-1788

This copy from Hartland Abbey

 

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Portrait of Arthur Cuthbert (1734-1788) located at Hartland Abbey in Devon. Painted by Reynolds.

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There appears to be a number of versions of this portrait. 

1. The above version exists at Hartland Abbey in North Devon, Unitied Kingdom (www.hartlandabbey.com).  This copy appears to have originally been owned by Thomas Robbins who was also associated (possibly also as a secretary) with Adm Sir Edward Hughes.  It is one of a set of four (Arthur Cuthbert, Adm Hood, Adm Hughes, Adm Gell) and has been passed down in the Stucley family.  From Graves and Cronin's book on Sir Joshua Reynolds it is noted that Sir Edward Hughes paid Reynolds in 1786 the sum of £577:10 for portraits of himself, Mr Sharp, Mr Cuthbert and Captain Gell.  It is possible that the Harland portrait is by Reynolds but it could possibly be a copy painted a few years later by Gilbert Stuart.  In this portrait Arthur does not have a quill in his hand.

 

2. A portrait by Lemuel Abbott hangs in The National Board of Antiquities in Finland (National Museum of Finland), together with a portrait of Arthur's brother Alexander.  These portraits had presumably been owned by Arthur's daughter Sarah Klinkowström nee Cuthbert .  In this portrait Arthur has his quill in his right hand.

Portrait of Arthur Cuthbert (1734-1788) located at the National Board of Antiquities in Finland. Painted by Lemuel Abbott.

 

3. A similar portrait is presumed to have existed in the Heath family in the early 1900s, when it was photographed. In this portrait Arthur has his quill in his right hand.

Portrait of Arthur Cuthbert (1734-1788). Believed to have been in the Heath family in the early 1900s.

 

4. A portrait by Lemuel Francis Abbott sold by auction at Sothebys, possibly in 1967?  This appears to be a larger portrait, possibly 49x39 inches.  Arthur's quill is not in his right hand but is in an inkwell on the table to his right.  The background is more extensive and depicts ships in the distance.

Portrait of Arthur Cuthbert (1734-1788). Painted by Lemuel Abbott.

5. Are there any more versions of this portrait? 

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