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HENRY SPICER (1743-1804)
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HENRY SPICER (1743-1804)

Ozias Humphry, R.A. (1742-1810), in profile to the left in claret coloured velvet cloak, white stock, clasping a book close to his chest in his right hand

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HENRY SPICER (1743-1804)
Ozias Humphry, R.A. (1742-1810), in profile to the left in claret coloured velvet cloak, white stock, clasping a book close to his chest in his right hand
signed twice with initials 'H S H S' (mid-right) and signed and dated on the counter-enamel 'H Spicer pinx.t 1772'
enamel on copper
oval, 26 in. (62 mm.) high, gold frame, the reverse with central lock of plaited hair with gold initials OH with ribbon and tie surmount, Ozias Humphry's coat-of-arms and inscription, bright-cut border, in original fitted red morocco case
Provenance
The Property of a Gentleman; Sotheby's, London, 12 October 1964, lot 53 (£160 to Jenkins).
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Lot Essay

This fine enamel is taken after George Romney's portrait of 1772. The portrait, which was exhibited at the Society of Artists in that year, is at Knole. Ozias Humphry was a friend of Romney with whom he travelled to Rome in 1773. He was also a friend of Spicer and it was in his lodgings kept by the latter's widow that he died. This friendship may explain the existence of two signed and dated replicas of the present enamel, one illustrated in the exhibition catalogue Le miniature nel tempo, Padova, 1984-1985, cat. no. 4, the other, of 1783, illustrated in R. Bayne-Powell, Catalogue of Portrait Miniatures in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Cambridge, 1985, p. 206.
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