The Stotesbury Art Collection

Portrait of a Gentleman and Portrait of a Lady
Pieter Santvoort (possibly Paulus Moreelse?)

Portrait of a young man (Portrait of a Gentleman)

Portrait of a young lady (Portrait of a Lady)

Both of these paintings were listed for sale at the auction held by Samuel T. Freeman & Co. at the Stotesbury estate El Mirasol in Palm Beach between February 25 and March 3, 1947. The records are not clear whether either of these paintings sold, but since that time they have remained together. When offered at this auction, both of these portraits were listed with a provenance stating that they had been purchased by the Stotesburys from Thomas Agnew & Sons, London in 1931. Given E.T. Stotesbury's talent at keeping good records, it is likely that the receipt from Agnew would have been kept with these portraits upon their eventual sale.


Dimensions: Height 80 inches, width 50 inches


Purchased from Thomas Agnew & Sons, London 1931

Stotesbury Location(s): El Mirasol, Palm Beach, Florida

Present Location: The Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana

Sources: Samuel T. Freeman & Co., The Valuable Furnishings and Art Collection at "El MIrasol," Palm Beach, Florida, The Residence of the Late Eva R. Stotesbury (Mrs. Edward T. Stotesbury). Public Auction, February 25th to 28th, Martch 1st and 3d, 1947 on the premises

These two portraits were donated to the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation on December 9, 1961. The Kress Collection Digital Archive at the National Gallery of Art describes the provenance of these two paintings as follows: Mrs. Tennyson-d'Eyncourt,London; Bayons Manor, Tealby, Lincoln; (her sale, Christie's, London, 4 June 1943, no. 80); (Slatter). (Thomas Agnew & Sons, London). Edward T. Stotesbury, Whitemarsh. (French & Co., New York); sold to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation on 7 December 1949; gift to the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame in 1961, n. 61.47.11. The Kress Collection link also provides documentation from 1921 and from September 1947 that further addresses the provenance of these paintings, although the documentation does not reveal who were the respective owners of those paintings at the time.

Unfortunately, if these two paintings now at the Snite Museum are the same ones that were owned by the Stotesburys, then they could not have been the ones purchased at the 1943 Christie's sale in London. The 1949 sale of these two portraits by French & Co. of New York to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation would fit with the prior sale of these paintings at or shortly after the Freeman Stotesbury estate auction in 1947.

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