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18th Century English Portrait Of Giles Moore By Christopher Steele (1733-1767)


"18th Century English Portrait Of Giles Moore By Christopher Steele (1733-1767)"
Portrait of Giles Moore by Christopher Steele (1733-1767), three-quarter length, standing beside a table in an interior, wearing a gray silk jacket with blue and silver brocade waistcoat, reading 'The Iliad ", with a bust of Homer to his right.
Oil on canvas in a period gilt wood frame. circa 1758.

The young man is believed to be Giles Moore (1737-1779), later Rector of Windermere, who "by genius and application, without a university education, was deeply learned in Greek and Roman literature, and critically skilled in the Hebrew language". (from 'The Worthies of Windermere', The European Magazine and London Review, volume 53). Giles was the eldest of two sons of John Moore Esq, of Grimeshill who was magistrate for Westmoreland and colonel in the county militia and his mother Anne (née Dickinson).

Provenance:
Christie's sale, New York, Living With Art, October 13, 2016, lot 18, sold by the Newark Museum of Art, in aid of their fund of purchases.
In 1986 in the property of the Newark Museum of Art, New Jersey.
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, acquired in 1955 Private Collection, Philadelphia.
Robinson and Fisher sale, London, 1937.

Christopher Steele (1733-1767) was an English portrait painter from Egremont, Cumbria. In 1755 he first studied with the marine painter Richard Wright (c.1720-c.1755) in Liverpool, then joined the studio of Carle Van Loo in Paris. While abroad, he is said to have acquired an extravagant manner which led to him being known as 'Count' Steele. After returning to England he set up a studio at Redmaynes Yard in Kendal and young George Romney was his apprentice for four years. Romney, in his memoirs, recorded several affairs with his teacher (mostly of the nature of wine, women, and song) and in 1756 Steele ran away with a Lancaster heiress and thus ended Romney's apprenticeship with him prematurely. After his wife died in 1761, he traveled to the West Indies, but returned to Egremont in 1767. As can be seen in his skillful rendering of silk and lace in this portrait, Steele had a special talent for depicting texture and finish . There is a photograph of this painting in the archives of the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Literature:
ME Burkett, Christopher Steele, 1733-1767 of Acre Walls, Egremont, George Romney's Teacher (Cumbria: Skiddaw, 2003), p. 215, no. 27, fig. 200 (shown)
Price : $14,000
Artist : Christopher Steele (1733-1767)
Period: 18th century
Style: Georgian
Condition : Good, ready to hang condition

Material : Oil on canvas
Width : 91cm (36in)
Height : 110 (43in)

Reference : 910
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