Duchess of Devonshire carte de visite


Duchess of Devonshire carte de visite

London Stereoscopic Company

Regular price $75.00 Sale

When William Agnew bought Gainsborough's famous painting it was the highest price ever paid for a painting at auction. Two days later, Agnew displayed the painting at his gallery where it was stolen by Adam Worth. The latter, who Scotland Yard called the "Napoleon of Crime," was the man upon whom Conan Doyle based his character, Dr. Moriarty.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: London Stereoscopic Company
  • Edition: n/a
  • Date Published: nd. ca. 1876
  • Place Published: London
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Near fine
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    8 cm b&w illustration on 10.5 cm card. Red print on front reads "Copy of the stolen 'Duchess of Devonshire' by Gainsborough." Rear states "This celebrated picture was purchased by Messrs. Agnew, at the sale of the late Mr. Wynn Ellis's pictures, for the enormous sum of £10,605. When on exhibition in Bond Street, it was stolen on the night of the 25th of May, being cut out of the frame. £ 1,000 is offered by Messrs. Agnew for the recovery of the picture, and conviction of the thief or thieves. Photographed by kind permission of Henry Graves, Esq., Pall Mall." A little wrinkling to one bottom corner on both sides.

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