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The Art of a Nation:
Three Centuries of Irish Painting


The Adelphi Club, Belfast by Joseph Wilson

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The Adelphi Club, Belfast
Joseph Wilson (active by 1766 - died 1793)
Oil on canvas
61 x 75 cms (24 x 29½ ins)
Signed lower left: 'J Wilson, Belfast'
Inscribed on label on verso:
'The Adelphi Club, Belfast, 1783, Painted by J. Williams (or Wilson).
The Property of Joseph Culloden Pinkerton Esq'

Provenance:
Presumably commissioned in 1783 by Amyas Griffith
By whom sold in about 1787 to James Pinkerton
By 1900 in the possession of the trustees of his grandson
Joseph Culloden Pinkerton, Victoria Street, Belfast
In 1913 with his son J.C. Pinkerton of Fernville, Jordanstown
thence by direct family descent to the previous owner

Literature:
Amyas Griffith, Miscellaneous Tracts, Dublin, 1788, p. 65
John Bernard, Retrospections of the Stage, London, 1830, Vol. 1, pp. 369-70
George Benn, History of the Town of Belfast, Belfast, 1877, Vol. 1, p. 607
List of Exhibits, Belfast Library and Society for Promoting Knowledge, Works of Deceased Local Artists, Linen Hall Libary, Belfast, 1900, pp. 19, 69, and postscript, pp. 74-77
R.M. Young, Belfast and the Province of Ulster in the 20th Century,
Belfast, 1909, pp. 97-98, illus.
W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists, Dublin, 1913, Vol. 2, p. 533
R.M. Lightbrown, 'John Williams Alias Anthony Pasquin',
introductory essay to An Authentic History of Painting in Ireland by Anthony Pasquin, London, 1970, p.5
Anne Crookshank and The Knight of Glin, Irish Portraits, 1660 - 1860, London, 1969, p. 60
John Hewitt, Art in Ulster: 1, Belfast, 1977, pp. 9-10, illus.
Anne Crookshank and The Knight of Glin, The Painters of Ireland, circa 1660 - 1920, London, 1978, p.167
Anne Crookshank and The Knight of Glin, Irish Painting,
London, October 2002, illus. in colour

Exhibited:
Opening of New Rooms, Belfast Library and Society for Promoting Knowledge,
Linen Hall Library, Belfast, May 1900, no. 14

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