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    Sale 5936

    The Country House Sale - Property of the 14th Earl of Kintore & The Collection of the Late Bernard Lyons, C.B.E.

    18 March 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 78


    Price Realised  


    Portrait of Admiral Lord George Keith Elphinstone, 1st Viscount Keith (1746-1823), bust-length, wearing the robes of the order of Bath, in a feigned oval
    oil on canvas
    31 x 27 in. (79 x 68.5 cm.)

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    Admiral Keith saw active service throughout the Napoleonic wars. He was made Baron Keith of the United Kingdom in 1797 and admiral in 1801. Raised to a viscounty in 1814, he was at Plymouth when Napoleon surrendered, and as the Prince Regent's representative, received Napoleon's final surrender and supervised the Emperor's removal to exile on the isle of St. Helena in 1815.
    The sitter descends from Lady Mary Keith, wife of the 6th Earl of Wigton and mother of Lady Clementina Fleming, wife of Charles, 10th Baron Elphinstone.
    George Lethbridge Saunders spent his early career in Edinburgh and was better known as a miniaturist, though painted full-scale portraits for a period from 1812. The present portrait is a bust-length detail of the full-length portrait in the Collection of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.

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