N05999 Sir Joseph Duveen 1903
Inscribed 'Emil Fuchs 1903' t.r.
Oil on canvas, 66 x 41 3/4 (165 x 104)
Presented by Lord Duveen 1910
Exh: Emil Fuchs, Grafton Galleries, London, March 1905 (25)
Sir Joseph Duveen (1843-1908), art dealer and benefactor; co-founder of Duveen Brothers Ltd. He was one of the most generous patrons of the Tate Gallery to which he presented in 1908 the five rooms known as The Turner Wing. The portrait was presented by his son Joseph (later Lord) Duveen to be placed in a special niche in these rooms.
The actual bronze racehorse which appears in the background of this painting was included in a sale of violins, pewter and works of art at Sotheby's on 19 December 1968, lot 194. The artist who made it was not identified.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.228, reproduced p.228