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    Sale 7731

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    2 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 234

    JOHN SMART (BRITISH, 1742/43-1811)

    Two miniatures: Mrs Valentine Morris, in mourning dress, black lace-trimmed coat with ermine tippet, white widow's cap, black veil; together with Edward Bouverie, in aubergine coat, gold-embroidered white waistcoat, white lace cravat, powdered wig gathered with grey fabric (English School, circa 1765)

    Price Realised  

    JOHN SMART (BRITISH, 1742/43-1811)
    Two miniatures: Mrs Valentine Morris, in mourning dress, black lace-trimmed coat with ermine tippet, white widow's cap, black veil; together with Edward Bouverie, in aubergine coat, gold-embroidered white waistcoat, white lace cravat, powdered wig gathered with grey fabric (English School, circa 1765)
    she, signed with initials and dated 'J.S. /1762' (lower left)
    on ivory
    ovals: she, 1¼ in. (32 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame and green velvet-lined fitted shagreen case with paper label inscribed 'Mrs Morris mother of Mrs Wilmot and Govr Morris; he, 1 7/8 in. (47 mm.) high, glazed green velvet-lined shagreen case with paper label inscribed 'Honble Ed Bouverie married Arabella Ople' (3)


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    Mrs Morris was the wife of Valentine Morris (1727-1789) of Purcefield Park, Chepstow, Governor of St. Vincent. Allan Ramsay's portrait of Mrs Morris, after which the present portrait is taken, was sold Christie's, London, 6 April 1951, lot 139. A miniature of Colonel Valentine Morris by Smart, signed with initials and dated 'J.S. /1765', was sold Sotheby's, London, 31 July 1952, lot 109. Descendants of the Bouverie and Morris families married into the Sullivan Family in the first quarter of the 19th century.

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    Please note Mrs Valentine Morris was the second wife of Colonel Valentine Morris (c. 1678-1743) and mother of Governor Valentine Morris (1727-1789).