Johannes Notz (Swiss, 1802-1862) Henry Danby Seymour MP (1820-1877) as a child, wearing dark jacket edged with buttons, white chemise with poet collar, dark ribbon bow necktie, his hair parted to one side
Lot 76
Johannes Notz
(Swiss, 1802-1862)
Henry Danby Seymour MP (1820-1877) as a child, wearing dark jacket edged with buttons, white chemise with poet collar, dark ribbon bow necktie, his hair parted to one side
Sold for £937 (US$ 1,521) inc. premium

Lot Details
Johannes Notz (Swiss, 1802-1862)
Henry Danby Seymour MP (1820-1877) as a child, wearing dark jacket edged with buttons, white chemise with poet collar, dark ribbon bow necktie, his hair parted to one side.
Silverpoint, signed on the obverse J.Notz fec. 1827, gilt wood frame, inscribed on the reverse Henry Danby Seymour/ born 1820 D.1877/ Hen.
Rectangular, 108mm (4 1/4in) high

Footnotes

  • Henry was the eldest child of Henry Seymour MP, JP (1776-1849) of Knoyle House, Wiltshire and Jane Hopkinson (d.14 March 1869). He remained unmarried and died without issue.

    A member of the Liberal Party, Henry sat as Member of Parliament for Poole between 1850-1868. From 1855, Henry acted as Secretary to the Board of Control, the body which oversaw the activities of the East India Company, until the Company's abolition in 1858.

    Henry was a seasoned traveller, climbing Mount Ararat in 1846; he later penned two topographical works, 'Russia on the Black Sea and Sea of Azof' and 'Caravan Journeys and Wanderings in Persia, Afghanistan, Turkistan, and Beloochistan'. A fervent scholar of Ancient civilisations, in 1856 Henry donated five fragments of the Tomb of Sobekhotep, Thebes, to the British Museum, and co-wrote a two-volume book entitled 'A History of Egypt Under the Pharaohs'.

    Henry was the archetypal Victorian gentleman-collector, acquiring an extensive body of works by Old Masters, which included Albrecht Durer's 'Portrait of a Peasant Woman' (British Museum), the triptych attributed to Goossen van der Weyden and entitled 'St Catherine and the Philosophers' (National Gallery, London), a series of Rembrandt's etchings and a host of works housed today in every pre-eminent public collection in Britain and the United States. In addition, Henry appears to have owned a collection of personal letters to Louis XV from the 'Mesdames', perhaps a result of his paternal grandfather having once been a lover of the infamous Madame du Barry.
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