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The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part II

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Nicholas Dixon
FL. 1660 - 1708
PORTRAIT OF SIR GEORGE WAKEMAN (D. 1688)
Watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, silver-gilt frame, engraved on the reserve with the name of the sitter and the date 1679;
signed lower right: ND
65 by 54 mm.
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Provenance

Colonel Lyons, London;
with Duveen Brothers, London;
Hans Freiherr Reitzes von Marienwert, Vienna;
Greta S. Heckett, Pitsburg, PA.;
her executor's sale, London, Sotheby's, 11 July 1977, lot 144;
sale, London, Christie's, 7 December 2004, lot 139

Catalogue Note

The sitter was born in Gloucester and baptized a Roman Catholic. In 1642 he was sent to continue his studies at the English Jesuit school at St Omer in Spanish Flanders. Following time spent in Rome and Padua, he then studied medicine in Paris. He returned to England in 1658 and after the restoration was appointed physician-in-ordinary to Charles II’s Queen, Catherine of Braganza. Although generally well liked, he had enemies and he was accused of plotting to poison the King. In 1679, the year that this miniature was painted, he faced charges of high treason, but his trial was eventually thrown out of court.

The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part II

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London