James Holmes (British, 1777-1860) A Gentleman, standing before Classical architecture and wearing Van Dyck costume beneath a blue cloak draped around his shoulders (cracked)
Lot 157Y
James Holmes
(British, 1777-1860)
A Gentleman, standing before Classical architecture and wearing Van Dyck costume beneath a blue cloak draped around his shoulders (cracked)
Sold for £312 (US$ 504) inc. premium

Lot Details
James Holmes (British, 1777-1860)
A Gentleman, standing before Classical architecture and wearing Van Dyck costume beneath a blue cloak draped around his shoulders (cracked).
Signed on the obverse and dated Holmes/ 1822, gilt-wood frame.
Rectangular, 136mm (5 3/8in) high
Provenance: Purchased at Hortons on 16 May 1969; thence by descent.

Footnotes

  • The present lot, dated 1822, had traditionally been identified as Lord Byron but comparison with other images of the poet and the lack of Byron's dimpled chin make this identification untenable. It has however been suggested that the miniature could portray Byron's friend, Scrope Berdmore Davies (1782-1852). Between 1815-1816, Holmes is known to have painted portraits of Byron and Davies as gifts for one another. The 1815 miniature of Lord Byron was reproduced several times on ivory by Holmes and engraved by Henry Meyer for distribution amongst Byron's closest friends (R. Walker, Regency Portraits, vol I: Text, p.85).

    The miniature of Scrope Davies was sold at Christie's, London on 5 December 1906 (lot 33) and was signed on the reverse 'Painted by Js. Holmes 1816 for lord Byron — Scrope Davies'. In the absence of any surviving images of Holmes' miniature of Scrope Davies, it has not been possible to confirm whether the present lot is a copy after the original portrait of 1816.
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