An 18th century tortoiseshell and gold portrait box, the miniature attributable to Richard Crosse (1741-1810),
Lot 239Y
An 18th century tortoiseshell and gold portrait box, the miniature attributable to Richard Crosse (1741-1810),
Sold for £1,080 (US$ 1,815) inc. premium
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An 18th century tortoiseshell and gold portrait box,
the miniature attributable to Richard Crosse (1741-1810),
of oval form, with gold hinge mount and shell thumbpiece, the underside of the cover set with a portrait miniature on ivory of a lady with brown curled hair in a pink dress with lace trim, height 3.5cm, length 7cm.

Footnotes

  • The sitter is believed to be Elizabeth Paine, daughter of Rev. John Paine of Wells and wife of Richard Chapple Whalley, son of John Whalley, Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge. Richard Chapple Whalley was Rector of Horsington in Somerset for many years.
    Family tradition holds that the sitter is possibly Elizabeth Payne-Whaley, sister of Richard Chapell-Whaley (c.1700-d.1769) of Whaley Abbey, MP for Co. Wicklow. Chapell-Whaley, was a Protestant landowner and magistrate whose anti-Catholicism antics of setting alight the thatched roofs of Catholics chapels earned him the nickname 'Burn-Chapel' Whaley. His son, Thomas 'Buck' Whaley (1766-1800) was a notorious gambler and member of the Hellfire Club.
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