Richard Cosway R.A., Dr. Stephen Lushington (1782-1873), as a boy, wearing blue coat with large silver buttons, cream waistcoat and shirt with wide, falling collar, his hair worn long and curled
Lot 89
Richard Cosway R.A., Dr. Stephen Lushington (1782-1873), as a boy, wearing blue coat with large silver buttons, cream waistcoat and shirt with wide, falling collar, his hair worn long and curled
Sold for £11,233 (US$ 17,716) inc. premium

Lot Details
Richard Cosway R.A. (British, 1742-1821)
Dr. Stephen Lushington (1782-1873), as a boy, wearing blue coat with large silver buttons, cream waistcoat and shirt with wide falling collar, his hair worn long and curled
gilt-metal frame with brown velvet border and easel back, the reverse engraved, Stephen/ Lushington/ July 1789
Oval, 51mm. (2ins.) high
Provenance: By family descent

Footnotes

  • Dr. Stephen Lushington (1782-1873) was the son of Stephen Lushington (d.1807), Chairman of the East India Company. Dr. Lushington was a distinguished judge, a veteran reformer and liberal. He campaigned for the emancipation of Catholics and Jews and for the abolition of capital punishment and the slave trade (where he supported his friend, William Wilberforce). It is said that escaped slaves from Georgia were housed at Ockham Park, Surrey, which Dr. Lushington had rented from the Earl of Lovelace, Byron's son-in-law, in 1846.
    A well-known counsel, he acted on behalf of Lady Byron at her separation from her husband in 1817 and for Queen Caroline at her trial before the Lords in 1820.
    Dr. Lushington's fourth son, Vernon Lushington (1832-1912) became the patron of the furniture designer Philip Webb. It was Vernon who brought William Holman Hunt to Ockham Park in 1862 to paint his father's portrait (now in the National Portrait Gallery, London, presented by his grand-daughter, Miss Susan Lushington, in 1912). John Ruskin was also a regular visitor to the house. For further information see S. M. Waddams, Law, Politics and the Church of England: The Career of Stephen Lushington, 1782-1873, 1992.
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