JOHN SMART | PORTRAIT OF DAVID SHAKESPEAR (1751-1823)
London 1741 - 1811
PORTRAIT OF DAVID SHAKESPEAR (1751-1823)
Watercolour over pencil on paper, gold frame, glazed reverse;
inscribed verso: Mr Shake..[spear] / West Indian
55 by 45 mm.
Paper has yellowed a little.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Lilian Mary Dyer, née Bose (d. 1955), a great-granddaughter of the artist;
her sale, London, Christie's, 26 November 1937, lot 20;
sale, Geneva, Sotheby's, 26 June 1980, lot 21
Foskett, 1964, p. 87
This sitter, of the Stepney Shakespears, was the son of John Shakespear, Alderman of London. He was the proprietor of Hodges Pen, on the south-western coast of Jamaica.