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    Sale 1959

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Prints And Decoys

    17 - 18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 451

    Attributed to Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), 1775

    A Miniature Portrait of Colonel Richard Lloyd (1717-1786)

    Price Realised  

    Attributed to Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), 1775
    A Miniature Portrait of Colonel Richard Lloyd (1717-1786)
    watercolor on ivory
    1½ x 1¼ inches


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    In his diary, Charles Willson Peale writes that he came to Chestertown on November 14, 1775 and dined with Colonel Lloyd and other gentlemen at Thomas Smith's on November 17th. He "began Col. Richard Lloyd's miniature," worked on it on the 21st and 22nd, and finished it on the 23rd. He left Chestertown that day for Philadelphia, where he had the miniature set; he received it back from the jeweler on January 11, 1776. A letter written by Colonel Lloyd to his brother reveals the sitter's opinion of the portrait: "Mr. Peale finished my picture this morning, November 22, 1775. My wife, Mrs. Tayloe and others, say it is like me. If it is, I do not know myself, though I think it is a good picture." (See Charles Coleman Sellers "Portrait Miniatures by Charles Willson Peale," Transactions of the American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, 1952), p. 129.

    The Lloyd family was one of the most prominent families in Maryland, and intermarried with other renowned families, such as the Tayloes, Cadwaladers, Chews, Ringgolds, and Tilghmans. During the Revolutionary War, Richard Lloyd was a member of the Maryland Convention of 1775 and colonel of the Kent County militia. Later, he was a justice of Kent County and was appointed judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals in 1778.

    Provenance

    Colonel Richard Lloyd (1717-1786), Chestertown, Maryland
    Anna Maria Lloyd, daughter
    Jeremiah Nicols (b.1782), son
    Jeremiah Nicols Jr. (b. circa 1825), son
    Irwin S. Nicols (b. circa 1864), son
    Mary Nicols, daughter
    Helen Nicols (1908-1995), daughter
    Current owner, daughter


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note this lot should have been marked with a double asterisk symbol as it contains regulated endangered species material. Please refer to the Important Notices in the back of the catalogue for further information.


    Literature

    Charles Coleman Sellers, "Portraits and Miniatures by Charles Willson Peale," Transactions of the American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, 1952), p. 129, no. 489.
    Charles Coleman Sellers, "Charles Willson Peale With Patron and Populace," Transactions of the American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, 1969), no. 78, 90, plate 137.