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The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part II

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John Smart
LONDON 1741 - 1811
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, TRADITIONALLY IDENTIFIED AS LADY CHAMBERS, NÉE FRANCES 'FANNY' WILTON (1758-1839)
Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, gold fausse-montre locket frame;
signed with the artist's initials and dated lower left: J.S / 1792 / I
63 by 49 mm.
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Provenance

With Millhouse, Petworth, West Sussex, by 1979;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 13 July 1982, lot 162

Literature

Foskett, 1964, p. 64

Catalogue Note

The sitter in this miniature has traditionally been identified as Lady Chambers. Once described by Samuel Johnson as ‘exquisitely beautiful', she was the daughter of Joseph Wilton (1722-1803), the sculptor and a foundation member of the Royal Academy. In 1774 she married the barrister Robert Chambers, later Sir Robert, and moved to India, where her husband had been appointed to the post of second judge of Bengal. He was finally appointed Chief-Justice in 1791.

The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part II

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London