20 October 2000
RICHARD COSWAY, R.A. (1742-1821)**
John Williams Hope, signed and dated 1796
John Williams Hope (1757-1813), facing left in blue coat with silver buttons and black collar, white waistcoat and frilled cravat, powdered hair watercolour on ivory, signed and dated in full on the reverse R. Cosway R.A. Primarius Pictor/Serenissimi Walliae/Principis/Pinxit 1796, within a rectangular oval ormolu frame, 3in. (7.5cm.) high, later rectangular ormolu frame by Alphonse Giroux, Paris
6in. (15cm.) high, 4¾in. (12cm.) wide, framed
Sold Sotheby's, London, 12 December 1966, lot 39 (#£520 to Lavender).
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D. Foskett, Collecting Miniatures, Woodbridge, 1979, illustrated p. 360, pl. 104C
D. Foskett, Miniatures Dictionary and Guide, Woodbridge, 1987, illustrated p. 360, pl. 104C.
John Williams Hope was a banker and merchant. The son of William Williams he assumed the name of Hope on his marriage. A banker in Amsterdam, he was one of eight statesmen of Holland 1794-1806.
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Please note this lot is incorrcetly numbered as 39 in the catalogue.
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