height (sheet): 22cm
width (sheet): 15cm
W. De Wilde/ July 1794
No H255 S. de Wilde/ Portrait of William Parsons the actor as 'Forsight'./ The actor stands in a declamatory attitude facing front (unreadable)/ He wears a long xxx pearl coloured coat with long sleeves (unreadable)/ big cuffs, and large pockets. Dark tight knee breeches,/ white stockings and buckle shoes. A bright red waistcoat/ with a yellow embroidered edge. He holds in his right hand (unreadable)/ a crutch stick and his left is upraised. A white neck tie/ Face 3/4 right looking up and right. Clean shaven. Large/ spectacles and curly white wig./ Water colour on paper./ Size: 9 I/8'' x 6 I/8''/ Signed bottom left/ S DeWilde/ Feb 1794/ Exhibited 'Les Vaitres Anglais Paris 1919 No 262
EXPOSITION ( unreadable)/ Nom de l'Artiste: Sammuel de wilde (Inscr.)/ Numero d'orde: 262 (underlined) William Parsons in "Forsight" (Inscr.)/ Nom du Proprietaire: X, Haos
Hammond Collection-Bonaparte Park- Bordentown-( handwritten)/ SECOND SESSION/ Friday, April 9, 1943, at 2 p.m./ CATALOGUE NUMBERS 185 TO 353 INCLUSIVE/ 8855 (in pencil)/ DRAWINGS/ 185. WILLIAM PARSONS AS 'FORSIGHT'/ Samuel de Wilde, British: 1747-1832/ At full-lenghth, in fawn coat with rose waistcoat; standing in a declamatory attintude, leaning on a cane. Signed and dated 1794./ Watercolour: 91/4 x 6 1/4 inches/ Collection of Xavier Haas, New York, 1927/ Exhibition of "Le Maitres Anglais", Paris, 1919, no. 262/ Love for Love Congreve (in pen along the side)
Previously in the collection of Xavier Haas, New York and possibly later part of the Harris Hammond collection. Purchased from Abbott and Holder, London in 2013.
Les Maitres Anglais, Paris, 1919