Defrance, Léonard - 'Interior of a Foundry with Visitors'

Oil on panel, 42 x 59.2 cm (16.5" x 23.25")

Bought from Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, London, 1990. WAG 10824

  • Painted in 1789 either in Liège or Paris (1)
  • Sold posthumously as 'The Forge' by the executors of HE Parsons Esq. at Christie's 3 Nov 1944 lot 3 at Derby House, Stratford Place, Oxford St.* (2)
  • Bt. Smith
  • Mrs. Shorthouse, Rock Park Hotel, Llandrindod Wells (3)
  • Sold at Christie's (South Ken.) 28 May 1985 lot 114 where acquired by Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox
  • Ownership between 1789 and November 1944
  • (1) Defrance was in Paris at the outbreak of the French Revolution in July and returned to Liège after revolution broke out there in August 1789.
  • (2) The executors were a Nottingham-based firm of solicitors, Hunt, Dickens and Willat, who were subsequently taken over.
  • (3) Rock Park Hotel, built in the 1880s, was one of the grandest hotels in Llandrindod Wells until its demolition in the 1990s.