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The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part I

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John Smart
LONDON 1741 - 1811
PORTRAIT OF SIR CHARLES OAKELEY, 1ST BT. (1751-1826)
Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, gold frame, with diamond border;
signed with the artist's monogram and dated lower right: J.S. / 1786 / I.
57 by 42 mm
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Provenance

By descent in the sitter's family until,
W.H. Wodehouse;
sale, London, Christie's, 6 December 1899, lot 78 (together with the following lot in this sale);
Edward M. Hodgkins, London;
John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York, 1906;
sale, London, Christie's, 24 June 1935, lot 442;
Walter, 2nd Viscount Bearsted (1882-1948), inv. no. 272,
by descent to his son Marcus, 3rd Viscount Bearsted (1909-1986);
sale, London, Christie's, 27 March 1984, lot 290 (together with the following lot in this sale)

Exhibited

Paris, 1906, no. 13;
Edinburgh, 1965, no. 231

Literature

Williamson, 1906-1908, vol. II, no. 231, pl. LXXIV;
Williamson, 1910, p. 20, pl. XVIII;
Encyclopedia Britannica, 1911, vol. XVIII, pl. 2, opp. p. 527;
de Mauri, 1918, p. 464 illust.;
Dodwell, 1926, p. 171;
Darmon, 1928, p. 110;
Long, 1929, p. 408;
Foster, 1930-1931, p. 69;
Schidlof, 1964, vol. II, p. 763, as 'excellent';
Foskett, 1964, pp. xxi, 19, 29, 71, no. 66, pl. XVIII;
Archer, 1972, pl. 17;
Archer, 1979, pp. 120, 121, 391

Catalogue Note

Charles Oakley was the younger son of the Rev. William Oakeley and Christina, daughter of Sir Patrick Strachan of Glenkindie Castle, Aberdeenshire. After attending Oxford University, he entered the civil service and in 1767 he travelled to India. There, he pursued a successful career in the East India Company, which culminated in him being created a Baronet and being appointed Governor of Madras, a post he held between 1792 and 1794.

The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part I

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