11 April 2002
GUSTAVUS HAMILTON (c. 1739-1775)
Mr and Mrs John Kirwan; he, facing right in gold-bordered blue coat and waistcoat, frilled lace cravat, powdered bag wig; and she, facing left in purple dress with lace-bordered fichu, fur stole, pearl necklace, gauze veil falling from her dark upswept hair
signed and dated 'Ham:n 1770' (lower right), and 'Ham n' (lower left) and '1770' (lower right)
ovals, 1¼ in. (32 mm.) high, gold bracelet clasp frames with cushion shaped old brilliant cut diamond surround in silver setting
With D. S. Lavender, London, 1997, acquired by
Dr Anton C. R. Dreesmann (inventory no. F-220).
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A similar miniature by Hamilton, of 1767, is illustrated in P. Caffrey, John Comerford and the Portrait Miniature in Ireland c. 1620-1850 [exhibition catalogue Rothe House, Kilkenny, and Hunt Museum, Limerick], Dublin, 1999, p. 23, no. 23.
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