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    Sale 12247

    The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks and Portrait Miniatures

    17 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 68

    JOHN SMART (BRITISH, 1741-1811)

    Price Realised  


    JOHN SMART (BRITISH, 1741-1811)
    Anne Seymour Damer, née Conway (1749-1828), sculptor and inheritor of Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill House
    Pencil and watercolour on card, the reverse inscribed in the artist’s hand ‘Mrs Damer’
    62 mm. high, ornate ormolu frame, the reverse inscribed by Arthur Jaffe with sitter's biography

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    The sitter was a sculptor. She was the daughter of Field-Marshal Henry Seymour Conway. In 1767 she married John Damer, son of Lord Milton. They separated after seven years and he committed suicide in 1776. She was a friend of Horace Walpole who helped foster her career and who left her his London villa, Strawberry Hill House, on his death. She moved in literary and theatrical circles and travelled to Europe where she met Nelson, and in Paris she was granted an audience with Napoleon. She lived at York House in Twickenham and in Grosvenor Square, London, where she died at the age of 79.


    By descent from the artist;
    Lilian Mary Dyer, née Bose (1871-1955), a great-granddaughter of the artist; Christie’s, London, 26 November 1937, lot 35, as ‘Portrait of Mrs Damer’ (8 gns. to Agnew).

    Pre-Lot Text



    D. Foskett, John Smart. The Man and his Miniatures, London, 1964, p. 65, as ‘Probably Anne Seymour’.