14 October 1998
JOHN SMART (1742/43-1811)
Sir John Palmer Bt., facing right in sky blue coat and waistcoat, frilled cravat, pink powdered wig en queue
signed with initials and dated 'J S. 1770' (lower left)
oval, 1½ in. (38 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame with paste surround, the reverse with glazed aperture
Christie's, London, 16 November 1976, lot 75 (£1,600).
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D. Foskett, John Smart The Man and his Miniatures, London, 1964, p. 72.
Sir John Palmer, 5th Bt., (1735-1817) M.P. for co. Leicester 1765-1780 of Carlton, Northamptonshire, married Charlotte (d. 1783), daughter of Sir Henry Gough, 1st Bt. of Edgbaston of Warwicks in 1768 and was succeeded by his grandson.
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