• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 330

    ADAM BUCK (ANGLO-IRISH, 1759-1833)

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    ADAM BUCK (ANGLO-IRISH, 1759-1833)
    A naval officer called Richard Waller Otway, in naval uniform, blue coat with white lapels, brass buttons, gold epaulettes, black stock, powdered hair
    signed and dated 'ABuck 1799' (lower right)
    on ivory
    oval, 2 11/16 in. (68 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame, the reverse set with hairwork centred with blue glass and seed-pearl reserve on an opalescent ground flanked by gold initials 'W O', with an anchor above and quiver below


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    It has been suggested that the present miniature depicts Sir Richard Waller Otway, Bt (1770-1846), the son of Cooke Otway of Castle Otway, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Richard joined the navy as a midshipman in April 1784 and served in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Africa, and in the West Indies. By August 1795 he had been promoted to commander-in-chief in the West Indies and had a series of successful campaigns on board 'The Trent', including the capture of Grenada in 1796. In 1800 and 1801 Otway served as flag captain on 'The Royal George' and on 'The London', under the command of Sir Hyde Parker whose fleet was involved in the Armed Neutrality battles with the Baltic Fleet. Later in 1801 Otway returned to the West Indies on 'The Edgar' and was back in England by 1802. In 1801 he married Clementina Holloway (d. 1851) and they went on to have five sons and six daughters.
    Otway's naval career went from strength to strength and he was promoted to vice-admiral in 1831, the same year he was created baron. He was groom of the bedchamber to King William IV and Queen Victoria, promoted to admiral in 1841 and was made GCB in 1845.
    Given Otway's involvement in the naval campaigns of the West Indies from 1795 to 1800 it is possible that the presumed identification of the present miniature, dated 1799, is erroneous.

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