Lot 154
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OZIAS HUMPHRY, R.A. | Portrait of Sir George Yonge, 5th Bt. (1731-1812)

3,000 - 5,000 USD
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  • Portrait of Sir George Yonge, 5th Bt. (1731-1812)
  • Pastel on paper, laid down on canvas


Possibly the Humphry sale, London, Christie's, 29 June 1810, lot 12 (with another crayon);
sale, London, Christie's, 5 June 1925;
sale, London, Christie's, 11 June 1926, lot 34;
with Edwin Arthur Bye, Philadephia, by 1934;
Francis Amery Haskell;
sale, New York, Parke-Bernet, 20 May 1944


London, Royal Academy, 1794, no. 140


G.C. Williamson, Ozias Humphrey, London & New York 1918, p. 220;
N. Jeffares, Dictionary of pastellists before 1800, on-line edition, J.41.331

Catalogue Note

The sitter was born in Devon and was educated firstly at Eton and then at the University of Leipzig. He entered into politics and served as Member of Parliament for Honiton, Devon, between 1753 and 1796 (excluding the years 1761 to 1763). He held many influential posts, including that of Lord of the Admiralty, Vice-Treasurer for Ireland, Secretary at War and Master of the Royal Mint. In 1788 he was made a Knight of the Bath but despite this success, he was dogged by financial difficulties. As a result he accepted the post of Governor of the Cape, a position which came with a salary of £4,000 a year. He moved to South Africa but was soon heavily criticised for being more interested in ‘founding theatres and masquerade rooms.’ and general incompetency. In 1801 he was ordered home but his reputation was saved by his friendship with King George III, who bestowed upon him apartments at Hampton Court.