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    Sale 12247

    The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks and Portrait Miniatures

    17 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 78

    CHARLES SHIRREFF (SCOTTISH, B. C. 1750)

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    CHARLES SHIRREFF (SCOTTISH, B. C. 1750)

    An officer, in Army uniform
    On ivory
    62 mm. high, gilt-metal frame


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    Charles Shirreff was born in Scotland. In 1768 he was in London and by 1778 he had petitioned to the East India Company to go and work in India. In his application he stated that he had lost his speech and hearing at a young age and, for this reason, his father and sister should be allowed to accompany him. His actual departure was delayed until 1795 when he took his passage on the Lord Hawkesbury, reaching Madras in 1797. He also worked in Calcutta where he was living in 1804. He left India in 1809 and returned to England where he spent time in London before eventually retiring in Bath.

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    Provenance

    The Merchiston Collection; Bonhams, London, 25 November 2009, lot 28.


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    Exhibited

    Edinburgh, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Raeburn's Rival. Archibald Skirving 1749-1819, 1999, no. 36.
    Edinburgh, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Portrait Miniatures from the Merchiston Collection, 2005, no. 29.