William Wood (British, 1769-1810) Walter Farquhar Fullerton (b.1801), wearing blue Eton suit and white chemise with frilled collar
Lot 117Y
William Wood
(British, 1769-1810)
Walter Farquhar Fullerton (b.1801), wearing blue Eton suit and white chemise with frilled collar
Sold for £6,250 (US$ 7,862) inc. premium

Lot Details
William Wood (British, 1769-1810) Walter Farquhar Fullerton (b.1801), wearing blue Eton suit and white chemise with frilled collar
William Wood (British, 1769-1810)
Walter Farquhar Fullerton (b.1801), wearing blue Eton suit and white chemise with frilled collar.
Signed on the reverse and dated DEN9./ By/ Will. Wood,/ of/ Cork Street,/ Lond./ 1809., gilt-metal frame.
Oval, 89mm (3 1/2in) high
Provenance: Sotheby's, London, 3 June 1992, lot 702.

Footnotes

  • Previously identified as a miniature portraying Faquhar Fullerton's younger brother, Sir Walter Minto Townsend-Farquhar, 2nd Bt (1809-1866), the present lot was auctioned alongside a miniature portraying their father, Sir Robert Townsend Farquhar, 1st Baronet (1776-1830), painted in the same year (Sotheby's, London, 3 June 1992, lot 697). The code to the reverse of Sir Robert's miniature is DEN7. It has been suggested that the miniatures may have been commissioned on the occasion of Sir Robert's marriage to Maria Frances Geslip de Latour (d.1875), daughter and coheir of François Joseph Louis de Latour of Madras on 10 January 1809. The gap between the codes, DEN7 and DEN9, would certainly suggest that Wood painted other members of the family. On 26 October 1809, ten months after their wedding day, Maria gave birth to their son, Walter Minto.

    The miniatures in William Wood's three surviving fee books, dated 1790-1808, are numbered 5000-6211. The 1809 miniatures of Walter and Sir Robert do not appear in any of them and the existence of a later fee book recording miniatures painted between 1809-1810 is unknown. A Mr and Mrs Farquhar 'of Doctors Commons' are recorded (numbers 5500 and 5498 respectively). The miniature of Mrs Farquhar was completed on 5 June 1797 and that of Mr Farquhar was completed on 19 June 1797. Wood made an addition to his entry for Mrs Farquhar: 'altered the hair, to dark, 2 May, 1806' and previously charged the couple 6 guineas for each portrait. Doctors' Commons was a society of lawyers practising civil law in London. Like the Inns of Court of the common lawyers, the society had buildings with rooms where its members lived and worked in addition to a large library.

    An illegitimate son of Sir Robert Townsend Farquhar, Walter Farquhar Fullerton was born on 12 June 1801 and christened on 30 March 1803 in the church of the Garrison at Fort William in Calcutta. Upon his father's death in 1830, Walter received £2,000, while his younger brother, Walter Minto, inherited their father's estate and title.

    Sir Robert was educated at Westminster School before joining the service of the East India Company at Madras in 1793. During his careers with the East India Company and the British Government, Sir Robert gained a reputation as an efficient and ambitious administrator, notably serving as Lord Lieutenant of Prince of Wales Island (now Panang) from 1804-1805.

    Sir Robert arrived in Mauritius with the conquering British army in 1810 and served as Governor and Commander-in-Chief between 1810-1817 and again from 1820-1823. He drew and published a chart of the neighbouring island of Madagascar and the north-eastern archipelago of Mauritius, generating interest in new fields for British trade. He made determined efforts to abolish the local slave trade, continued principally by French privateers and concluded effective treaties ending the trade with both Madagascar and Muscat. In 1821 he was created a Baronet. Sir Robert resigned his posts as Governor and Commander-in-Chief in 1823. During his homeward voyage, he visited Madagascar where he was received with great ceremony.

    The following year, Sir Robert adopted the additional surname, Townsend. In 1825 he was elected to parliament for the borough of Newton in Lancashire before representing Hythe until his death in 1830.
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