21 - 22 November 2007
Attributed to James Northcote, R.A. (Devon 1746-1831 London)
Portrait of Admiral Charles Hamilton, half-length, in a red coat with fur trim, holding a book by Milton, a landscape beyond, in a feigned oval
With inscription and date 'Admiral Charles Hamilton J Northcote Pinx 1770[6?]' (on the reverse, presumably partly recording an original inscription)
oil on canvas
30¼ x 25 in. (76.9 x 63.5 cm.)
C.F. Raphael, 1937.
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Possibly S. Gwynn, Memorials of an eighteenth century painter, London, 1898, p.266, nos. 23-4.
Possibly J. Simon, 'The Account Book of James Northcote', Walpole Society, LVIII, 1996, p. 35, no. 23.
James Northcote studied at the Royal Academy Schools and joined Sir Joshua Reynolds as his pupil and assistant, remaining in his studio until 1776. He was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1786 and full Royal Academician in 1787. During the 1780s he expanded his oeuvre from portraiture to include subject pictures and mythological and history paintings.
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