Attributed to Miss Sarah Biffin (British, 1784-1850) A pair of miniatures portraying Evelyn Boscawen (1819-1889), 6th Viscount Falmouth and his wife, Mary Frances Elizabeth Stapleton (d.1891), Baroness le Despenser: the former, wearing black coat and waistcoat, white chemise and black tied stock; the latter, wearing dress over white chemise with lace collar, forget-me-nots at her bodice, her centrally parted hair upswept, the back plaited into a knot and interwoven with a strand of pearls (the latter cracked)
Lot 179Y
Attributed to Miss Sarah Biffin
(British, 1784-1850)
A pair of miniatures portraying Evelyn Boscawen (1819-1889), 6th Viscount Falmouth and his wife, Mary Frances Elizabeth Stapleton (d.1891), Baroness le Despenser: the former, wearing black coat and waistcoat, white chemise and black tied stock; the latter, wearing dress over white chemise with lace collar, forget-me-nots at her bodice, her centrally parted hair upswept, the back plaited into a knot and interwoven with a strand of pearls (the latter cracked)
Sold for £375 (US$ 591) inc. premium

Lot Details
Attributed to Miss Sarah Biffin (British, 1784-1850) A pair of miniatures portraying Evelyn Boscawen (1819-1889), 6th Viscount Falmouth and his wife, Mary Frances Elizabeth Stapleton (d.1891), Baroness le Despenser: the former, wearing black coat and waistcoat, white chemise and black tied stock; the latter, wearing dress over white chemise with lace collar, forget-me-nots at her bodice, her centrally parted hair upswept, the back plaited into a knot and interwoven with a strand of pearls (the latter cracked)
Attributed to Miss Sarah Biffin (British, 1784-1850)
A pair of miniatures portraying Evelyn Boscawen (1819-1889), 6th Viscount Falmouth and his wife, Mary Frances Elizabeth Stapleton (d.1891), Baroness le Despenser: the former, wearing black coat and waistcoat, white chemise and black tied stock; the latter, wearing dress over white chemise with lace collar, forget-me-nots at her bodice, her centrally parted hair upswept, the back plaited into a knot and interwoven with a strand of pearls (the latter cracked).
Gilt-metal frames with pierced foliate borders and monogram crestings AA and MLAD (respectively) beneath the Viscount's coronet of six pearls, the reverse of each engraved ASPREY. 166 BOND ST & 22 ALBEMARLE ST.
Rectangular, 108mm (4 1/4in) high (2)

Footnotes

  • Evelyn Boscawen, 6th Viscount Falmouth was the son of Rev. the Hon. John Evelyn Boscawen (1790-1851), vicar of Ticehurst and Catherine Elizabeth Annesley (d.1859). Evelyn attended Eton and Oxford before being called to the Bar in 1841. On 29 July 1845, he married Mary Frances Elizabeth Stapleton, 17th Baroness le Despenser, daughter of the Hon. Thomas Stapleton (1792-1829) and Maria Wynne Banks (d.1823). The couple raised six children: Mary Elizabeth Frances Catherine (1846-1916), Evelyn Edward Thomas, 7th Viscount Falmouth and 18th Baron le Despenser (1847-1918), Hugh le Despenser (1849-1908), Edith Maria (1851-1906), Mabel Emma (1855-1927) and John Richard de Clare (1860-1915).

    Upon the death of John Fane, 7th Earl of Westmorland and 14th Baron le Despencer (1685-1762), the barony of le Despencer became dormant owing to his lack of male issue. It was subsequently revived twice for the descendants of his sisters. When Thomas Stapleton died, the title passed to his daughter, Mary, together with Mereworth Castle, near Maidstone in Kent when she married Evelyn Boscawen, for whom the site accomodated an extensive and successful stud.

    A universally admired and respected patron of the turf, Boscawen had previously been well known for his herds of cattle, sheep and black-brown roadsters. His racing career spanned nearly thirty years and began with the mare 'Flax', bred at the Middle Park Stud, whom he purchased in 1856.

    Boscawen entered the sport under the name, 'Mr Valentine' and trained his horses with John Scott at Malton before working with Mathew Dawson at Newmarket following Scott's death. Although his first classics winner to appear in his 'magpie' colours was the One Thousand Guineas 'Hurricane', his first homebred winner was 'Queen Bertha', bred from Flax and winner of the following year's 'Oaks Stakes'. 'Harvester' won five races and competed in the 'dead heat' at the Epsom Derby in 1884. Boscawen bred a total of nineteen winners at the classic races, owned the winners of sixteen and accumulated over £300,000 in winnings. 'The Falmouth Stakes' are named in his honour.

    Upon his cousin's death in 1852, Boscawen succeeded to the title of 6th Viscount Falmouth and 6th Baron of Boscawen Rose. His son, Evelyn Edward Thomas Boscawen (1847-1918), 7th Viscount Falmouth and 18th Baron le Despencer, bred the One Thousand Guineas winner 'Quintessence' and the Two Thousand Guineas winner 'Clarissimus'.
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