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SKINNER & DYKE
[Sale catalogue. 1802:03:16--18]
A catalogue of a capital and valuable collection of ... pictures, which were purchased for ... the late King of Poland; ... which will be sold by auction, by Mess. Skinner and Dyke, on Tuesday the 16th of March, 1802, and two following days, ... at the Great Room, No. 3, Berner's Street, ...
[London]: S. Bayley, printer, [1802].
[2], 26 p. ; 23.7 cm. (4º)

Lugt 6380; Fredericksen, Index of paintings, I, p. 16, no. 86. In spite of the auctioneers' solemn pledge on the title-page of this catalogue 'that the Pictures will be Sold without the least Reserve', a considerable number were in fact bought in by the owner, Noel Desenfans. Some of these formed part of the large collection that Desenfans bequeathed to his friend, Sir Peter Francis Bourgeois, R.A., who, having met with as little success as Desenfans before him in his attempts to interest the government in their purchase for a 'National Gallery', left his entire collection of 371 pictures to the Dulwich Picture Gallery. For a discussion of the background to the present sale and subsequent history of the pictures included in it, see P. Murray, Dulwich Picture Gallery, 1980, pp. 17 ff. Desenfans' two-volume Descriptive Catalogue, cross-references to which are given in this catalogue against each lot, though dated 1801 on the title-page, had in fact appeared in January 1802 (q.v.).

Copy Notes Bound in a collection of sale catalogues, 1784 to 1823.

Binding Recent half goatskin, binder's cloth boards.

Reference Number 3056


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