George Engleheart (British, 1750-1829) A Lady, called Mrs Anne Topham, née Sinclair (d. circa 1824), wearing white dress with concertinaed lace collar and waist sash, her fichu tied about her neck, her powdered hair curled, upswept and dressed with a white bandeau
Lot 95Y
George Engleheart
(British, 1750-1829)
A Lady, called Mrs Anne Topham, née Sinclair (d. circa 1824), wearing white dress with concertinaed lace collar and waist sash, her fichu tied about her neck, her powdered hair curled, upswept and dressed with a white bandeau
Sold for £2,750 (US$ 4,558) inc. premium
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Lot Details
George Engleheart (British, 1750-1829)
A Lady, called Mrs Anne Topham, née Sinclair (d. circa 1824), wearing white dress with concertinaed lace collar and waist sash, her fichu tied about her neck, her powdered hair curled, upswept and dressed with a white bandeau.
Silver frame, the glazed reverse bearing a handwritten label regarding the sitter.
Oval, 75mm (2 15/16in) high
Provenance: By family descent.

Footnotes

  • According to Engleheart's fee book, Anne sat for this portrait in 1795, together with her sister-in-law, portrayed by Engleheart in lot 97.

    Anne Sinclair married Henry Topham Esq (d.1790) of Sunbury, Middlesex in 1766. The couple only had one child - a daughter, also named, Anne, who married Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh Rose (1766-1836) of the East India Company in Bengal in 1791. Although Anne Rose had borne several children whilst living in the Bengal Presidency, many had died in infancy, leaving the couple with just one son and two daughters upon their return to England in 1814, following a twenty year tenure for Lieutenant-Colonel Rose in British-occupied India.

    On 4 June 1824, Anne Topham appeared before a panel of commissioners of Assessed Taxes to appeal against a charge of 1 pound and 4 shillings, made against her by a surveyor for the possession of an undeclared servant. The commissioners ruled in Mrs Topham's favour, concluding that 'she had a four-wheeled carriage, but no horses; that she kept no servant; the carriage was occasionally cleaned, when required, by a man that she employed occasionally to work in her garden' (The Law Journal for the Year 1827, London, 1827, vol.5, p.24).

    Anne's Last Will and Testament, dated 1824, reveals that she intended for her estate to be divided between her only surviving child, Anne Rose, and her three grand-daughters: Charlotte, Anne and Louisa. Her personal possessions and an annuity of 12 pounds were to be gifted to her 'faithful servant', Rebeka Avis, the presence of whom contravenes the evidence she had given in court earlier that year. Anne's executors are named as John Fox Burgoyle, then a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Engineers and the husband of her grand-daughter, Charlotte, and Charles Gilchrist, Anne's surgeon.
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