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    Sale 5926

    Christie's Interiors - Masters & Makers

    24 March 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 197

    A GEORGE IV BOXWOOD BUST OF DR KEATE

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE IV BOXWOOD BUST OF DR KEATE
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    On a fruitwood plinth
    7¾ in. (19.5 cm.) high overall


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    Dr Keate was educated at Eton and Kings College, Cambridge, where he had a brilliant career as a scholar. In 1809 he was elected headmaster of Eton. The discipline of the school was then in a most unsatisfactory condition, and Dr Keate took stern measures to improve it. His partiality for the birch became a by-word. Beneath an outwardly rough manner the little man concealed a kind heart, and when he retired in 1834, the boys, who admired his courage, presented him with a handsome testimonial.

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