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    Sale 12247

    The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks and Portrait Miniatures

    17 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 69

    JOHN SMART (BRITISH, 1741-1811)

    Price Realised  


    JOHN SMART (BRITISH, 1741-1811)
    Prince Henry, Duke of Cumberland and Strathearn (1745-1790), brother of King George III
    Pencil and watercolour on card
    62 mm. high, ornate ormolu frame, the reverse inscribed by Arthur Jaffe with sitter's biography

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    Smart produced very few portraits of the British Royal Family. A drawing of George IV when Prince of Wales is in the British Royal Collection, inv, no. 420663 and the finished miniature is in the Louvre (see P. Jean-Richard, Miniatures sur ivoire, Musée du Louvre. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, 1994, p. 325, no. 602, illustrated and described as 'Portrait of a Gentleman'.


    By descent from the artist;
    W. H. Bose, a great-grandson of the artist; Christie’s, 15 February 1937, lot 15 as ‘Portrait of a gentleman’.

    Pre-Lot Text



    D. Foskett, John Smart. The Man and his Miniatures, London, 1964, illustrated pl. XV, no. 57.