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Mather Brown (1761-1831)
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Mather Brown (1761-1831)

His Majesty King George III and Officers of State receiving the Turkish ambassador and suite

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Mather Brown (1761-1831)
His Majesty King George III and Officers of State receiving the Turkish ambassador and suite
brush and brown ink and bodycolour, within the artist's wash-line border, on blue/green paper, the outlines incised
17 x 23¼ in. (43.2 x 56.6 cm.)
Provenance
Anonymous sale [W.T.P. Bristow]; Christie's, London, 21 December 1956, lot 32, sold 10gns to David.
Sir Alec Martin.
Literature
D. Evans, Mather Brown: Early American Artist in England, Connecticut, 1982, p. 131, fig. 112.
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Brown arrived in London as a young man, initially studying under fellow American, Benjamin West, P.R.A. (1738-1820). He began his career as a portraitist but keen to join the Royal Academy, turned his energies towards historical painting in the grand manner. Executed in 1794, following the Turkish ambassador's visit to London, the present work is a preliminary drawing for an oil painting Brown worked up shortly afterwards. It was engraved by Daniel Orme in 1796.

Mather Brown had formed a successful relationship with the engraver Orme in the early 1790s, and painted several similar historical paintings for engraving. However the relationship with Orme broke down shortly after the present work was completed.
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