John Whetham of Kirklington

Object Details

Title:

John Whetham of Kirklington

Artist/Maker(s):

Joseph Wright of Derby (English, 1734 - 1797)

Culture:

English

Date:

about 1779 - 1780

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

127 x 101.6 cm (50 x 40 in.)

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A landowner and country gentleman, John Whetham of Kirklington poses beside a border collie in front of a rocky background. He wears a green coat, a yellow waistcoat, and a fur hat and sash and holds a hunting spear. This costume, unusual for an Englishman, is a loose adaptation of a Hungarian hussar's military dress. Worn by John Whetham for a ball in 1779, this type of masquerade dress was also fashionable for portraits at the time, both because it forwarded the social aspirations of the English aristocracy and because it was timeless, outlasting changing styles.

Provenance
about 1779/1780 - 1781

John Whetham, 1731 - 1781 (Kirklington, England), commissioned from the artist, about 1779/1780; by inheritance within the Boddam-Whetham family, 1781.

Boddam-Whetham Family, by inheritance to Major Sydney Alexander Boddam-Whetham.

- 1925

Major Sydney Alexander Boddam-Whetham, 1885 - 1925, by inheritance within the probably by inheritance to his wife, Mrs. Edith (Sibyl) Boddhan-Whetham, 1925.

about 1941 - 1985

Mrs. Daphne Margaret (Boddam-Whetham) Smith (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) [sold, Smith sale, Christie's, London, July 19, 1985, lot 98, to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]