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476

John Smart

Portrait of Captain John Williamson (circa 1745-1798), circa 1775

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Property from an Important British Private Collection

John Smart

John Smart

Portrait of Captain John Williamson (circa 1745-1798), circa 1775

Portrait of Captain John Williamson (circa 1745-1798), circa 1775

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Property from an Important British Private Collection

John Smart

London 1741 - 1811

Portrait of Captain John Williamson (circa 1745-1798), circa 1775


Watercolour over pencil on wove paper, washed card mount, gilt-wood frame;

inscribed lower right: CaptWilliamson [sic]

58 by 46 mm.

Good colour. The sitter has presence. The paper has slightly discoloured.


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The Smirk Collection,
sale, London, Christie's, 10 April 1922, lot 54,
with Pawsey & Payne, London,
Dr George Williamson (according to a label on the verso of the frame);
sale, Littlewood, Exeter, Bearnes Hampton, 28 October 2014, lot 205  
D. Foskett, John Smart, The Man and his Miniatures, London, 1964, p. 76 
The sitter accompanied Captain Cook on his third voyage of exploration in 1776. A career naval officer, his conduct was at times controversial. Joseph Farington later observed in his diaries that he was 'a troublesome man' (10 December 1797), while Lady Spencer described him as a 'black-guard'. Williamson Passage in Nootka Sound is named after him.