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    Sale 7591

    British Art on Paper

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 25

    Henry Edridge, A.R.A. (1768-1821)

    Portrait of George Carnegie, Lord Rosehill, small full-length, his right arm resting on a plinth; and Double portrait of George Carnegie, Lord Rosehill, aged nine, with his brother the Hon. William Hopetoun Carnegie, aged six, full-length, playing with a toy cannon, with ships at sea beyond

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    Henry Edridge, A.R.A. (1768-1821)
    Portrait of George Carnegie, Lord Rosehill, small full-length, his right arm resting on a plinth; and Double portrait of George Carnegie, Lord Rosehill, aged nine, with his brother the Hon. William Hopetoun Carnegie, aged six, full-length, playing with a toy cannon, with ships at sea beyond
    the first signed and dated 'H. Edridge. March 1805.' (lower left); the second signed and dated 'Edridge 1800.' (lower left); the first inscribed 'George Lord Rosehill/HMS Blenheim/March 1805' (on the original backboard, according to the previous cataloguing); the second inscribed 'George Lord Rosehill 9 years of age/William Hopetoun Carnegie 6 years of age/...Rosehill Novbr 1800' (on the original backboard according to the previous cataloguing)
    pencil and grey wash, one with brown wash and red chalk
    12 5/8 x 8 7/8 in. (32.1 x 22.6 cm.); and 11 3/8 x 8¾ (28.9 x 22.3 cm.) (2)


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    George Carnegie, Lord Rosehill (1789-1807) and William Hopetoun Carnegie, 8th Earl of Northesk (1794-1878) were the two eldest sons of William, 7th Earl of Northesk (1756-1831) and his wife Mary, daughter of William Henry Ricketts of Longwood, Hampshire. William Carnegie, who in later life was promoted to admiral and subsequently commander-in-chief at Plymouth, led HMS Brittannia in the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805, and at his death he was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral close to the grave of Lord Nelson.

    The first drawing was made two years before George Carnegie was lost at sea off Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean on board HMS Blenheim, on 2 February 1807. He is leaning against a memorial to his uncle, Captain William Henry Ricketts Jervis (1794-1805), who was drowned when his gig overturned at Brest, France, on 26 January 1805.

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    Provenance

    with Agnew's, London, 1994, where purchased by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    VARIOUS PROPERTIES


    Exhibited

    London, Agnew's, 121st Annual Exhibition of Watercolours and Drawings, 28 February - 25 March 1994, no. 24.