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NORTHWICK (Lord). Catalogue of the Late Lord Northwick's Extensive and Magnificent Collection of Ancient and Modern Pictures, Cabinet of Miniatures and Enamels, and other Choice Works of Art, and the Furniture, Plate, Wines, and Effects, at Thirlestane House, Cheltenham. Which will be Sold by Auction by Mr. Phillips at the Mansion, on Tuesday, the 26th of July, 1859, and Twenty-One Subsequent Days...1859

London: J. Davy & Sons, Printers, Small 4to, iv, 200pp., tinted lithograph frontispiece of Thirlestane House (lightly foxed), orig. blind stamped cloth, title in gilt on upper cover and spine, a very nice copy. "Lord Northwick died intestate, being succeeded by his nephew, and the whole collection was sold by auction... A considerable number of the paintings were bought in by the 3rd Lord Northwick and taken to Northwick Park. They passed in 1929 with the rest of the estate to Edward Spencer-Churchill, on whose death in 1964, they were disposed of, by private sale and at auction, a large number of the pictures and antiquities being transferred to the national collections in lieu of death duties. Phillips also bought heavily, acquiring ultimately no less than ninety-five pictures. The facetious tone in which he announced this to his wife can have done little to allay her disquiet. 'My dear Wyfy', he wrote on 16 August 1859. 'Poor Tippy ruined at the Northwick sale!!! What a pity his careful prudent Wyfy was not with him. Could not help it! Such beautiful Pictys! But, where to put them? "Aye, there's the rub."'"— Munby, Phillipps Studies.

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