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    Sale 7550

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    9 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 28

    JOHN HOWES (BRITISH, FL. 1770-1793)

    A lady called Lady Rushout, in puce open gown with ruby and pendant pearl brooch fastening her left sleeve, gold-striped crimson looped sash, white linen shift, pearls and blue ribbon adorning her upswept fair hair, an open book in her left hand; landscape and classicising background

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    JOHN HOWES (BRITISH, FL. 1770-1793)
    A lady called Lady Rushout, in puce open gown with ruby and pendant pearl brooch fastening her left sleeve, gold-striped crimson looped sash, white linen shift, pearls and blue ribbon adorning her upswept fair hair, an open book in her left hand; landscape and classicising background
    signed with initials and dated 'J.H. 1774' (lower left)
    enamel
    oval, 2 15/16 in. (75 mm.) high, gilt-metal fausse-montre frame with translucent blue guilloché enamel border


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    If the identification of the sitter suggested in the 1992 sale catalogue is correct, the portrait may be of Rebecca Bowles (1740-1818), who married Sir John Rushout (1738-1800), of Northwick Park, Worcestershire. He was created Baron Northwick in 1797. Known portraits of the sitter with her children include an oil painting by Angelika Kauffmann (1741-1807) and a pastel by Daniel Gardner (1750-1805). The Kauffmann is reproduced in the exhibition catalogue Angelika Kauffmann, Düsseldorf, Kunstmuseum, 1998-1999; Munich, Haus der Kunst, 1999; Chur, Bündner Kunstmuseum; the Gardner is illustrated in N. Jeffares, Dictionary of pastellists before 1800, London, 2006, p. 199. We are indebted to Neil Jeffares, London, for his kind assistance in the cataloguing of the present enamel.

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    Provenance

    Sotheby's, London, 9 April 1992, lot 168.