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Details & Cataloguing

The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part I

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John Smart
LONDON 1741 - 1811
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, TRADITIONALLY IDENTIFIED AS CAPTAIN SPEDWAY
Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, gold frame, with glazed hair reserve, in associated wood case;
signed lower right: JS / 1790 / I
57 by 44 mm.
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Provenance

The Ashcroft Collection;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 7 May 1946, lot 63;
sale, London, Christie's, 8 December 1982, lot 229

Exhibited

London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924-1939 (lent by Ashcroft)
London, 1934, no. 1069

Literature

Long, 1926, p. 138, illust. p. 137, pl. XII;
Long, 1929, pp. 407 & 408;
Foster, 1930/1931, p. 69, no. II;
Foskett, 1964, pp. 19 & 74

Catalogue Note

The name Spedway does not appear in the list of officers of the Indian army, casting doubt on the traditional identification of the sitter.

The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part I

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