Cleveland Acquires a Zoffany

November 3 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

It appears that I was a little tardy at the end of last month to spot that the Cleveland Museum of Art has just acquired Johann Zoffany's brilliant The Dutton Family in the Drawing Room of Sherborne Park, Gloucestershire, c. 1772. The painting was last sold at Sotheby's in 2001 and later exhibited at the RA in 2012.

According to the article linked above:

Cory Korkow, the museum’s curator of European paintings and sculpture said the museum has sought for more than a decade to acquire a painting like the Zoffany, which is known as a “conversation piece,’’ an English genre scene in which a group of people are portrayed in their customary surroundings.

“Even though the environment of the picture may seem incredibly foreign and stuffy, it’s something every one of us can empathize with because of the drama’' involving the Dutton family, Korkow said.

Korkow was thrilled to learn unexpectedly several months ago from Christie’s, the global auction house, that the Zoffany was available for purchase in a private sale.

“It was surreal; it’s like someone was anticipating” what the museum wanted, Korkow said. “This is the holy grail moment we’ve been waiting for.”

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