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Hugh Douglas Hamilton

Triple portrait of Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765–1815), as the three Muses | 《裝扮成三位繆斯的愛瑪・漢密爾頓夫人(1765–1815年)肖像》

Estimate:

400,000

to
- 600,000 GBP

Property from the Hamilton Palace Collection, former seat of the Dukes of Hamilton and Brandon

Hugh Douglas Hamilton

Hugh Douglas Hamilton

Triple portrait of Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765–1815), as the three Muses | 《裝扮成三位繆斯的愛瑪・漢密爾頓夫人(1765–1815年)肖像》

Triple portrait of Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765–1815), as the three Muses | 《裝扮成三位繆斯的愛瑪・漢密爾頓夫人(1765–1815年)肖像》

Estimate:

400,000

to
- 600,000 GBP

Lot sold:

620,000

GBP

Property from the Hamilton Palace Collection, former seat of the Dukes of Hamilton and Brandon

Hugh Douglas Hamilton

Dublin 1739 - 1808

Triple portrait of Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765–1815), as the three Muses



oil on canvas

36.5 x 45 cm.; 14¼ x 17¾ in.


漢密爾頓宮珍藏(漢密爾頓及布蘭登公爵故居)

休斯・道格拉斯・漢密爾頓

都柏林,1739 - 1808年

《裝扮成三位繆斯的愛瑪・漢密爾頓夫人(1765–1815年)肖像》


油彩畫布

36.5 x 45 公分;14¼ x 17¾ 英寸

The following condition report is provided by Hamish Dewar who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:


Structural condition

The canvas has an old and sympathetic lining and this is ensuring an even and secure structural

support and has not adversely affected the surface textures and impasto. The canvas is

attached to what appears to be the original keyed wooden stretcher.


Paint surface

The paint surface has an even varnish layer and there is a very faint pattern of drying

craquelure which is consistent with a painting of this age and is only visible upon the closest

inspection and is also entirely stable.

Inspection under ultraviolet light shows the varnish layers to be slightly discoloured suggesting

that cleaning would be beneficial but it should be stressed that no work is required for reasons

of conservation, and the overall appearance is very good.

Ultraviolet light also shows minimal tiny spots of retouching, a few fly spots and some very

minor infilling of craquelure in the flesh tones and very small retouchings within the orange

turban of the figure on the left of the composition.


Summary

The painting would therefore appear to be in very good and stable condition.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Painted for the sitter’s husband, Sir William Hamilton (1730–1803), Palazzo Sessa, Naples;

Almost certainly in the collection of William Beckford (1760–1844), Fonthill Abbey and Lansdown Tower, Bath, and thence by descent to his daughter, Susan, who married Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton (1767–1852);

Thence by descent at Hamilton Palace and Lennoxlove House, Scotland.

Inventory of Sir William Hamilton’s paintings at the Palazzo Sessa, British Library. Add. MS 41,200, f. 122 (listed hanging in the room next to the Library: Lady H. in 3 different views in the same picture – by Hamilton.);

1852/1853 Hamilton Palace Inventory, Hamilton Archive, Lennoxlove, Volume 1228, p .156 (as ‘Lady Hamilton in 3 Views’ – hanging in the Old Dining Room on the ground floor);

1876 Hamilton Palace Inventory, Hamilton Town House Library, Hamilton Ms., p. 246 (as ‘Lady Hamilton. Three positions’ – hanging in the Old Dining Room);

Undated Ms. inventory of the contents of the 13th Duke of Hamilton's flat in Cleveland House, St James’s Square, London, circa 1920s, Hamilton Archive, Lennoxlove, Bundle 2239, p. 30 (as ‘A. Kauffman; Three heads of girls; 14” X 17½”.’ – hanging in the Dining Room);

C. Knight, 'La quiadreria di Sir William Hamilton a Palazzo Sessa', in Napoli Nobilissima, vol. XXIV, 1985, p. 52;

I. Jenkins and K. Sloan, Vases & Volcanoes. Sir William Hamilton and his Collection, exh. cat., London 1996, pp. 262–63, no. 162, reproduced in colour;

A. Crookshank & The Knight of Glin, Ireland’s Painters 1660–1940, New Haven and London 2002, pp. 106–07, reproduced in colour, fig. 139;

A. Hodge et al., Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1740–1808). A life in pictures, exh. cat., Dublin 2008, pp. 74–75, reproduced in colour and on the front cover (detail).

Bregenz, Angelica Kauffman und sein Zeitgenossen, 1968, no. 281 (as Kauffman);

London, British Museum, Vases & Volcanoes. Sir William Hamilton and his Collection, 1996, no. 162;

Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland, Hugh Douglas Hamilton. A life in pictures, 22 November 2008 – 15 February 2009, no. 35.