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    Sale 7550

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    9 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 191

    JOHN SMART (BRITISH, 1742/43-1811)

    A young lady, in green-lined pink satin wrap dress with fine French needle lace at the neckline, white satin mantle, pearls in her upswept and plaited light brown hair

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    JOHN SMART (BRITISH, 1742/43-1811)
    A young lady, in green-lined pink satin wrap dress with fine French needle lace at the neckline, white satin mantle, pearls in her upswept and plaited light brown hair
    signed with initials and dated 'J. S. 1769.' (lower left)
    on ivory
    oval, 1¾ in. (45 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame


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    Twelve years later, in 1781, Smart painted a replica of the present miniature but updated the hairdress of the sitter by adding two curls (Sotheby's, London, 18 December 1986, lot 65, sold £4,600; then Sotheby's, London, 10 March 1994, lot 23, unsold at £7,000-9,000 and again Sotheby's, London, 10 November 1994, lot 23, sold £5,405).

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    Provenance

    Sothebys, London, 5 July 1976, lot 41 (then inside the double-lid of a box).
    Christie's, London, 29 November 1977, lot 76.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this frame is gold and not gilt-metal as stated in the catalogue.