(n/a) John Smart (English, 1742/43-1811) Thomas Russell (1750-1814), wearing pale grey coat and waistcoat trimmed with gold braid and buttons, white stock and lace cravat, his hair worn en queue
Lot 61Y
(n/a) John Smart
(English, 1742/43-1811)
Thomas Russell (1750-1814), wearing pale grey coat and waistcoat trimmed with gold braid and buttons, white stock and lace cravat, his hair worn en queue
Sold for £22,800 (US$ 38,639) inc. premium
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Lot Details
(n/a) John Smart (English, 1742/43-1811)
Thomas Russell (1750-1814), wearing pale grey coat and waistcoat trimmed with gold braid and buttons, white stock and lace cravat, his hair worn en queue.
Signed on the obverse with initials and dated J.S./ 1771, gold frame with plaited hair border, the reverse with lock of dark brown hair held with gold wire and seed pearls with a blue glass plaque with seed pearl border, the whole on opalescent glass, brooch pin attachment.
Oval, 38mm (1 1/2in) high
Provenance: By family descent

Footnotes

  • Thomas Russell was born in Norwich, making the Norfolk-born John Smart the obvious choice to paint his portrait. His father, William Russell, was a prosperous merchant of that city and of London, active in the whalebone trade, besides having interests in the West Indies. His grandfather Thomas Russell's memorial in the church at Maddermarket, Norwich, bears the coat-of-arms of the Russells of Woburn Abbey. The relationship to the senior branch of the Russell family is not clear but it was close enough for the Russell's London house to be in King Street, Covent Garden, within the Bedford estate. William Russell bought the fine property of Barningham Hall, Norfolk, in 1759 so Thomas, his second son, would have been largely brought up there.

    The present lot possibly commemorates Thomas Russell's first marriage, when he was aged twenty-one. His second wife was Jane Hutchinson of Ipswich. Thomas was a member of the circle which included William Windham (later a member of the Ministry of all the Talents) and David Garrick, then at the height of his fame as an actor-manager.
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