JOHN SMART (BRITISH, 1742/1743-1811)
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JOHN SMART (BRITISH, 1742/1743-1811)

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JOHN SMART (BRITISH, 1742/1743-1811)
Mrs Richard Milnes, in lace-trimmed white dress, fur-trimmed lilac surcoat with string of pearls, pearls, feather and gauze scarf falling from her upswept powdered hair
on ivory, set in a tortoiseshell panel within the secret compartment of a George III gold snuff-box
the miniature signed with initials and dated 'J.S. / 1781' (lower left), the box by Cornelius Bland, marked, London, 1781
the miniature, oval, 1.7/8 in. (48 mm.) high; the box, 3½ in. (90 mm.) wide; original hinged shagreen case
Provenance
Presumably Richard Slater Milnes (1759-1804) and thence by direct family descent to the Marquess of Crewe.
A Lady; Christie's, London, 22 November 1995, lot 41.
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Lot Essay

On 30 May 1781, Richard Slater Milnes (1759-1804), of Fryston Hall, Co. York, M.P., City of York, married Rachael (d. 1835), daughter and heir of Hans Busk, of Bull House, by Martha his wife, daughter and heir of Richard Rodes, of Great Houghton, Yorkshire. They had nine children together, including Robert Pemberton Milnes (1784-1858), who became M.P. for Pontefract.

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