25 Blythe Road Harry Moore-Gwyn - Auction of Pictures from a Private London Club - Wednesday 5th April 2017
*ATTRIBUTED TO ROBERT EDGE PINE (1730-1788) PORTRAIT OF DR RICHARD GUY half length, in a red
coat, red waistcoat trimmed with gold braid and lace, frilled shirt, feigned oval bears later label on verso: Richard Guy/Member of the Corporation of Surgeons/Published a work on Cancer,1762,/Painted by Sir Nathaniel Dance R.A. oil on canvas 76 cm by 62 cm; 29 1/2 in by 24 in in a carved and gilt wood Chinese Chippendale style frame Provenance Hon Mrs. B.H. Burns, by whom sold Sotheby's 20 March 1963, lot 168 Ellis and Smith, Grafton Street, their sale Christie's, 25 May 1934, lot 126 Dr. Richard Guy was an authority on the treatment of cancer in the mid eighteenth century. He advocated non-surgical approaches, using a series of medicines to attack tumors especially in breast and maxillofacial cancers. In 1762 he published Practical Observations on Cancers and Disorders of the Breast, the work alluded to on the label, which discussed the use of medications to combat breast cancer, and claimed over one hundred successful cures without surgery. In March 1767, the year of his death, he had published a letter in The London Magazine (p. 116) on the treatment of facial cancer. Dr. Guy was buried at St Mary Woolnoth on the 4th of October 1767, and in November 1892, when Bank underground station was built under the church, his remains were moved to Ilford Cemetery.