William Wood (British, 1769-1810) A pair of miniatures portraying Sir William Beaumarris Rush (1750-1822) and Lady Laura Rush née Carter: the former, wearing blue coat, white waistcoat, stock and frilled cravat; the latter, wearing white dress with frilled collar and gold braid tied at her waist, a white open turban in her powdered hair
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William Wood
(British, 1769-1810)
A pair of miniatures portraying Sir William Beaumarris Rush (1750-1822) and Lady Laura Rush née Carter: the former, wearing blue coat, white waistcoat, stock and frilled cravat; the latter, wearing white dress with frilled collar and gold braid tied at her waist, a white open turban in her powdered hair
Sold for £5,000 (US$ 8,097) inc. premium

Lot Details
William Wood (British, 1769-1810) A pair of miniatures portraying Sir William Beaumarris Rush (1750-1822) and Lady Laura Rush née Carter: the former, wearing blue coat, white waistcoat, stock and frilled cravat; the latter, wearing white dress with frilled collar and gold braid tied at her waist, a white open turban in her powdered hair William Wood (British, 1769-1810) A pair of miniatures portraying Sir William Beaumarris Rush (1750-1822) and Lady Laura Rush née Carter: the former, wearing blue coat, white waistcoat, stock and frilled cravat; the latter, wearing white dress with frilled collar and gold braid tied at her waist, a white open turban in her powdered hair William Wood (British, 1769-1810) A pair of miniatures portraying Sir William Beaumarris Rush (1750-1822) and Lady Laura Rush née Carter: the former, wearing blue coat, white waistcoat, stock and frilled cravat; the latter, wearing white dress with frilled collar and gold braid tied at her waist, a white open turban in her powdered hair
William Wood (British, 1769-1810)
A pair of miniatures portraying Sir William Beaumarris Rush (1750-1822) and Lady Laura Rush née Carter: the former, wearing blue coat, white waistcoat, stock and frilled cravat; the latter, wearing white dress with frilled collar and gold braid tied at her waist, a white open turban in her powdered hair.
The former signed on the reverse and dated Sir Wm Beaumarris Rush/ Born Sept 1st 1750/ by Willm Wood/ Cork St. London, ormolu frames with stamped borders.
Oval, 87mm (3 7/16in) high (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Bonhams, London, The Albion Collection of Fine Portrait Miniatures, 22 April 2004, lot 115.

    Exhibited:
    Bath, Holburne Museum of Art, Secret Passion to Noble Fashion, 21 April - 18 July 1999;
    Edinburgh, Phillips Auctioneers, Secret Passion to Noble Fashion, 16 August - 3 September 1999;
    Edinburgh, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, The Albion Loan Collection, 2000-2003.

    Literature:
    W. Wood, Memorandum of Miniatures Painted and Finished by William Wood, 1790-1808, nos. 5624 and 5445 respectively;
    A. Sumner and R. Walker, Secret Passion to Noble Fashion, 1999, nos. 73 & 74.

    Wood's fee books record the present two miniatures as 5624 Mr William Rush of Pall Mall. 3rd size July Find 13 Nov 1798 Decr About 48 - 62 red - coat of 6 - Hume's white: 120 - sun burnt but fair Complex. = 104 - Breath'd on - some red chalk - Light varied background - gum touches - Powdered hair. and 5445 Mrs Rush of Wimbledon: in a white dress & open turban - averted dark eye - Gold cord round waist - silver behind head - Cro in girdle - 8th size about 35. M's white Find 14 Sep 1796 Decr 15th. Another version of William Rush's portrait also appears in the artist's fee book as no. 5973 and is complimented by a small tracing in red ink. This latter miniature was begun in February 1803 and completed the following June. An oil portrait of Rush, attributed to John Jackson (British, 1778-1831) sold at Sotheby's, London on 19 February 1997 (lot 182).

    William Rush of Elsenham Hall, Hertfordshire married Laura Carter of Southwark on 10 April 1782. The couple had six daughters: Laura (d.1806), Julian Caroline, Charlotte, Clarissa, Angelica and Louisa. Sir William inherited a large fortune and estate in Roydon, Suffolk and served that county as Sheriff in 1800. He was knighted on 19 June that year and lived out the remaining years of his life in Wimbledon (S. Urban, The Gentleman's Magazine, 1833, vol.103, part II, p.183).
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