17 November 2016
JOHN SMART (BRITISH, 1741-1811)
A self-portrait of the artist
Pencil and watercolour on card
91 x 69 mm., framed, the reverse inscribed by Arthur Jaffe with sitter's biography
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D. Foskett, John Smart. The Man and his Miniatures, London, 1964, illustrated pl. III, no. 5.
C. Korkow, British Portrait Miniatures. The Cleveland Museum of Art, London, 2013, illustrated p. 158, fig. 79.
The present lot forms part of a small group of self-portraits by Smart. Daphne Foskett identified nine of these portraits in her 1964 publication John Smart. The Man and his Miniatures – the majority being finished portrait miniatures on ivory. For more information about Smart’s self-portraits, see A. Marquis ‘Intimate Objects. British Portraits from Smart to Spencer in the Fitzwilliam Museum’ (online article, n.d.).
Please note that the provenance in the printed catalogue is incorrect
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