• The Collection of Benjamin F.  auction at Christies

    Sale 2388

    The Collection of Benjamin F. Edwards III

    26 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 37


    CIRCA 1745

    Price Realised  


    CIRCA 1745
    The two kilted figures shown in the center, one with shotgun and the other playing his bagpipes, the border with four grisaille and gilt landscape vignette panels
    9 in. (22.9 cm.) diameter

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    The two figures copied after engravings by George Bickham, the piper from his 1743 frontispiece to A Short History of the Highland Regiment. D.S. Howard writes in A Tale of Three Cities, p. 112, "The engravings had become popular...for they were identified with martyrs of the day - on 18th July 1743, four riflemen of the Regiment were shot in the Tower for mutiny". A combination of Jacobite feeling and fascination with the elaborate costume of the Highlanders seems to have fueled the fashion for these subjects.


    Property of a Nobleman; Sotheby's, London, 20 June 2001, lot 414.