William Corden (British, 1797-1867) A miniature portraying the three children of Bonamy and Caroline Dobree: Bonamy (1818-1907), Caroline (b.1820) and Mary (b.1821), standing together in a garden setting; the former, navigating a kite in his right hand and wearing dark blue Eton suit, the collar of his white chemise edged with frilled trim; Caroline, wearing an off-the-shoulder white dress and waist sash, a green bonnet in her right hand, her left arm around the shoulders of her younger sister; Mary, carrying a floral bouquet in the gathered skirts of her matching white dress; their dark hair parted and worn short
Lot 156
William Corden
(British, 1797-1867)
A miniature portraying the three children of Bonamy and Caroline Dobree: Bonamy (1818-1907), Caroline (b.1820) and Mary (b.1821), standing together in a garden setting; the former, navigating a kite in his right hand and wearing dark blue Eton suit, the collar of his white chemise edged with frilled trim; Caroline, wearing an off-the-shoulder white dress and waist sash, a green bonnet in her right hand, her left arm around the shoulders of her younger sister; Mary, carrying a floral bouquet in the gathered skirts of her matching white dress; their dark hair parted and worn short
Sold for £1,375 (US$ 2,244) inc. premium

Lot Details
William Corden (British, 1797-1867)
A miniature portraying the three children of Bonamy and Caroline Dobree: Bonamy (1818-1907), Caroline (b.1820) and Mary (b.1821), standing together in a garden setting; the former, navigating a kite in his right hand and wearing dark blue Eton suit, the collar of his white chemise edged with frilled trim; Caroline, wearing an off-the-shoulder white dress and waist sash, a green bonnet in her right hand, her left arm around the shoulders of her younger sister; Mary, carrying a floral bouquet in the gathered skirts of her matching white dress; their dark hair parted and worn short.
Painted on porcelain, signed and dated on the reverse Bonamy Dobree born August 1818./ Caroline Locke Dobree born Feb7.1820/ Mary Dobree born July 1821/ Painted by Wm Corden/ June 1824.
Rectangular, 162mm (6 3/8in) high

Footnotes

  • The present lot portrays three descendents of the Dobrées who had been a prominent family on the island of Guernsey. The present lot was commissioned a year and a half after the death of their mother, Caroline (née Locke) on 6 January 1823.

    Their mother and father, Bonamy Dobree (1794-1863) married on 6 November 1817 at Bloomsbury in London. Of the three children, their eldest, Bonamy, became a banker and held office as Governor of the Bank of England from 1859-1861. He married Emma Mary Snell Chauncey on 26 October 1840. The couple had six children: Harry Hankey (1842-1908); Augustus Croft (1844-1867); Caroline Locke (1847-1928); Robert Arthur Bainbrigge (1849-1880); Mary Augustus (1854-1947); Bonamy (1863-1891). Little is known of his two younger siblings.
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