John Smart (British, 1742-1811) Joseph Sage (d.1820), wearing red coat, white waistcoat trimmed with gold braid, white lace cravat and stock, his hair powdered and worn en queue with a grey ribbon
Lot 22Y
John Smart
(British, 1742-1811)
Joseph Sage (d.1820), wearing red coat, white waistcoat trimmed with gold braid, white lace cravat and stock, his hair powdered and worn en queue with a grey ribbon
Sold for £8,400 (US$ 13,717) inc. premium

Lot Details
John Smart (British, 1742-1811)
Joseph Sage (d.1820), wearing red coat, white waistcoat trimmed with gold braid, white lace cravat and stock, his hair powdered and worn en queue with a grey ribbon.
Signed on the obverse with initials and dated J.S./ 1780, gold bracelet clasp frame.
Oval, 38mm (1 1/2in) high
Provenance: Mrs Arthur Shakespeare; Sotheby's, 8 June 1987, lot 115
Exhibited: Portrait Miniatures from the Merchiston Collection, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 23 September – 11 December 2005, no.23
Literature: Daphne Foskett; John Smart, the Man and his Miniatures, 1964, Appendix A, p.73
Stephen Lloyd, Exhibition Catalogue, 2005, p.62

Footnotes

  • Joseph Sage, son of John Sage and Elizabeth Beresford, worked as a Moneyer for the Royal Mint for over fifty years. He was Assay Master of the Mint 1779-1820. He married on 5 August 1779 Sarah Shakespear (d.1829), daughter of Alderman John Shakespear (1718-1775), a London ropemaker and Elizabeth Currie. Together they had two sons, Joseph and Richard. The present lot appears to have passed down the male line of the sitter's wife's family before being sold in 1987.
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