Attributed to Daniel O'Keeffe (Irish, 1740-1787) Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), wearing red coat, waistcoat, frilled white chemise and powdered wig worn en queue with side buckles and black ribbon bow
Lot 183Y
Attributed to Daniel O'Keeffe
(Irish, 1740-1787)
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), wearing red coat, waistcoat, frilled white chemise and powdered wig worn en queue with side buckles and black ribbon bow
Sold for £4,800 (US$ 7,703) inc. premium

Lot Details
Attributed to Daniel O'Keeffe (Irish, 1740-1787)
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), wearing red coat, waistcoat, frilled white chemise and powdered wig worn en queue with side buckles and black ribbon bow.
Gold frame with blue enamel border set with diamonds, the reverse with bright-cut border around glazed aperture to reveal plaited hair.
Oval, 74mm (2 15/16in) high

Footnotes

  • Gibbon was born into a prosperous family. His studies at Magdalen College, Oxford, ended after one year, when he was expelled for turning to Catholicism. In 1764 he visited Rome and was inspired to write the history of the city from the death of Marcus Aurelius to the year 1453. After his father died Gibbon found himself in some difficulties, but he was able to settle in London to proceed with his great work. The first volume appeared in 1776, with a certain amount of public reaction to Gibbon's ironical treatment of the rise of Christianity. The last three volumes of Decline and Fall were published in 1788. The book was a bestseller, and offered the reading public a vivid narrative of the past instead of an antiquarian picture.
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