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The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part I

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Ozias Humphry, R.A.
HONITON, DEVON 1742 - 1810 LONDON
PORTRAIT OF SULIMAN AGA LE LUNA 
Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, gold frame;
signed verso: Suliman Aga Le Lun, Capitaine du Bey de Tripoli. Peint en Angleterre par ordre de la Duchesse de Richmond en 1782 par O.H
96 by 74 mm.
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Provenance

Charles Henry Hart, New York;
sale, London, Christie's, 7 November 1988, lot 113

Literature

Williamson, 1904, vol. II, p. 12, pl. LXXIV, no. 4;
Williamson, 1918, p. 242

Catalogue Note

The presence of a representative of the Tripoli Regency in London at this date was certainly connected with the role of the Barbary States and the implementation of British government policy in the Mediterranean. This included securing sources of food for the British garrisons of Gibraltar and Menorca, ensuring freedom from attack for British shipping and, ideally, the restriction of trade of other European States.

It is interesting that this portrait, which shows the sitter wearing a turban and dolama, was commissioned by Mary Bruce, Duchess of Richmond, who had been portrayed wearing ‘Turkish’ dress by Angelika Kauffmann, some seven years previously.

The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part I

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London