Inventory of Pictures at Leicester House and Pall Mall [i.e., Carlton House] by ...
26 Sep 1750
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List of the principal pictures organised by property, room, title and artist. Endorsed by Vertue: 'at the same time his R. H. writt this List of his own pictures. such as he thinks principally most valuable - leaving out many portraits and small pictures limnings and enamells - in his several houses, Leicester. Pell mell. Kew. and Clifden'. It shares the same date as the note of paintings in Windsor Castle, also made from memory by the Prince of Wales, among the George Vertue Papers at the British Library, Add. MS 19,027.
This would appear to be the list that Vertue described in his autobiography: '... I said that I shoud be desirous of a list of his pictures at his several houses. he called for paper & pens. and began to write down the names of his most Capital pictures at Leister house beginning his dressing room--then the state room gallery antichambr &c. thus writing down every picture distinctly. not only those at Leicster house. but several of the most valuatble that were then at other houses Kew. Pall mall. & Clifden. this filld a whole sheet of paper 4 sides all this by Memory' (Vertue, Notebooks, vol. 1, p. 12).
It was evidently intended to assist Vertue in compiling a projected fourth volume after the catalogues of pictures at Kensington Palace, Hampton Court and Windsor Castle: 'to all these he [Prince to Wales] orderd and designd a fourth Volum to contain an account and description of the Prince his own Collections of pictures limnings and Curiosities. at his houses of Leister house Pellmell house Kew & Clifden house--when I had finishd the three first mentiond Volumes' (Vertue, Notebooks, vol. 1, p. 13).
One picture on the inventory - Murillo's 'Self-Portrait' - is now in the National Gallery Collection, NG6153.