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James Saxon

Portrait of the actor Andrew Cherry (1762–1812), bust-length, as Lazarillo

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Lot Closed

April 6, 03:39 PM GMT


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Lot Details


James Saxon

Manchester 1772 - circa 1819 London

Portrait of the actor Andrew Cherry (1762–1812), bust-length, as Lazarillo

oil on canvas

unframed: 58.9 x 46.9 cm.; 23⅛ x 18½ in.

framed: 70.5 x 57.7 cm.; 27¾ x 22¾ in.

Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 29 January 1960, lot 31 (as Raeburn), to Douglas for £8;
The Woman's Auxiliary;
By whom gifted to the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina (as attributed to Sir Henry Raeburn).

An engraving of 1804 by Ridley, based on this portrait and inscribed 'Saxon Pinx', describes the sitter as 'Mr Cherry in Lazarillo', referring to the character Cherry played in Robert Jephson's farce published in 1791, 'Two Strings to your Bow'.1

Andrew Cherry was an Irish dramatist, songwriter, actor and theatre manager. Charles Matthews (1776–1835), comic actor and theatre manager, wrote of him: 'He is one of the most humorous men in the world off the stage, and a very good actor on it'.2 Cherry appeared as Lazarillo in Jephson's play at Drury Lane Theatre, where he performed from 1802 to 1807.

Another portrait of Cherry as Lazarillo, by Samuel de Wilde, is recorded in an engraving of 1806 by Bond.3 Samuel de Wilde also depicted the actor as 'Item' in Thomas Holcroft's The Deserted Daughter, in a painting today in the Garrick Club, London.4


2 A.J. Matthews, Memoirs of Charles Matthews, Comedian, London 1838, vol. I, p. 109.


4 https://garrick.ssl.co.uk/object-g0113