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    Sale 7398

    The Gordon Collection of Portrait Miniatures

    20 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 98

    Sarah Biffin (British, 1784-1850)

    A lady, in white lace-bordered black dress with white sleeves, white ribbon tied at waist, upswept dark hair dressed in ringlets

    Price Realised  

    Sarah Biffin (British, 1784-1850)
    A lady, in white lace-bordered black dress with white sleeves, white ribbon tied at waist, upswept dark hair dressed in ringlets
    signed and dated 'Biffin 1817' (mid-left)
    oval, 2 5/8 in. (67 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame, the reverse with locks of hair, seed pearl and gold wire on opalescent glass


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    Sarah Biffin, later Wright, was born without arms but successfully learnt to paint with her mouth. She worked for George III, George IV, William IV, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. An example of her work can be found in the Royal Collection with a portrait of Edward, Duke of Kent (see R. Walker, The Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, Cambridge, 1992, no. 742, illustrated p. 268).

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    Provenance

    Christie's, London, 19 May 1980, lot 143.