A fragmentary sketch owned by the Bowood Estate is expected to fetch up to £3m at an auction scheduled on 22 November in London. The plot of the oil painting produced in the 1760s by artist Sir Joshua Reynolds is the women Kitty Fisher from the 18th Century. The portrait was with the Lansdowne family since past 150 years. Later it was bought by the third Marquess of Lansdowne in May 1846. Lord Lansdowne (1780-1863) shaped a grand chronicles and art collection at Bowood and now thanks to its trustees who have made an effort to put this painting up for auction.
Kitty Fisher was commemorated in the kindergarten rhyme, Lucy Locket and Reynolds produced her portrait at least four times. As per the Dictionary of National Biography the rumors claim that they were in love. If you asked about Kitty Fisher from auctioneers at Sotheby’s who are engaged with the sale then they consider it as an object of pleasure for men and this is what Reynolds has rightly portrayed her.