PORTRAIT OF A LADY BELIEVED TO BE ANNA, LADY DIXIE (1711-1739) WEARING A WHITE DRESS AND STRAW HAT WITH FLOWERS
ARTHUR POND 1701-1758
Oil on canvas 30 x 25 inches Framed size 36 ¼ x 31 ½ inches
Arthur Pond was baptized in London on the 2nd August 1701.He went on to study art and was at the Vanderbank Academy in 1720 and then in Rome from c.1725 to 1727.After a period of struggle, he became one of the most fashionable portraitists in London working in pastel and oils.His work is difficult to distinguish from Knapton, with whom he joined in print publishing circa 1730.Pond was regarded as a great connoisseur and important art dealer as well.He helped a team of artists to produce Heads of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain, 1747-1752. He was elected FRS and FSA in 1752.
Arthur Pond died in Rome on 9 September 1758 and was buried on 15 September 1758 in Sanderstead. Among his pupils were George James and Mary Black.
Represented: Attingham Park, National Trust; Auckland Castle; Pump Room Bath; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Clandon Park NT; Doddington Hall;Hartlebury Castle; Leeds City Art Gallery; Oriel College, Oxford; Shugborough NT; National Portrait Gallery, Scotland; Stourhead NT.
Bibl: Dictionary of British 18th Century Painters in oils and crayons - Ellis Waterhouse; Portrait Painters - Brian Stewart & Mervyn Cutten
Anna Frere, Lady Dixie died in 1739. Wife of Sir Wolston Dixie of Bosworth Hall, Leicester.
Provenance: The Dixie Family; Christie’s, February 1990