18th Mar, 2023 9:30 GMT/BST

British, European and Sporting Pictures

  Lot 1092


Henry Pickering (fl.1740-1770)
Portrait of Thomas Green (1722-1800)
Initialled, oil on canvas, 90cm by 75cm

Provenance: By family descent to The Right Reverend Dr Alec Graham, Bishop of Newcastle (1929-2021)

Thomas Green was born in Horton in Ribblesdale in 1722 (baptised on 23 March). He left Horton, perhaps after his father Thomas’s death in 1750 when his older brother John inherited the family property. He went to live in North Ferriby, a well-to-do suburb of Kingston on Hull which was expanding rapidly at this time as an important port for vessels trading with Northern Europe and beyond. It is not yet clear what he did in Hull, but he must have prospered because in his will, written in 1800, he describes himself as a gentleman. The residue of his estate including his dwelling house in North Ferriby went to his nephew John Rector of South Kilvington. He also left a small legacy of twenty guineas to the General Infirmary of Kingston.

We are grateful to Professor Alastair Small for his assistance with the sitter's biography

Sold for £850
Estimated at £1,000 - £1,500


In fully restored condition. Reline of some age, cleaned and revarnished. Surface somewhat flattened by the restoration process. Varying sized essentially stable craquelure throughout which is exagurated by deteriorating varnish. Stretcher shadow with notable near absence of craquelure to extremities. Scattered minor retouches and areas of infilling mostly to the sitter's face although not exclusively. The odd abrasion/areas of rubbing to edges. Very little to discern in the way of later painting or intervention under a UV light although some of the shadowing to the background would appear to be slightly inconsistent? Surface dirt and discoloured varnish. One small nick to surface just above lower edge centre.

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Auction: British, European and Sporting Pictures, 18th Mar, 2023

Traditional Picture Sales offer a wide range of oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints from the 15th to the early 20th centuries.

The sale includes the Picture Collection from Denton Hall, Ilkley, West Yorkshire which has been part of the NG Bailey group of companies for over 40 years. NG Bailey is the UK’s leading independent engineering and services business and is owned by the Bailey family. 

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available leading up to the sale.

Entries are invited for forthcoming sales


Sunday 12th March 11am-4pm, Monday 13th March-Friday 17th March 10am-4pm and morning of the sale from 8am. 

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